4
$\begingroup$

I've read about bacteria affecting the transmission capability of mosquitoes. For example:

Have there been any studies to show that the presence of certain viruses/viral diversity (rather than bacteria) has an effect on the tranmission of other viruses/pathogens?

$\endgroup$
1
$\begingroup$

There have been some studies looking at this, but not many. One is this study which reported an interaction between Aedes densovirus (AeDNV) and dengue virus (DENV) in Aedes albopictus: mosquitoes already infected with AeDNV were more resistant to infection with DENV, although DENV infection appeared to accelerate the replication of the existing AeDNV infection. A similar interaction was not seen with chikungunya virus (CHIKV).

In addition there are indirect interactions between pathogens of all kinds - viruses such as AeDNV which kill a high proportion of the mosquitoes they infect reduce the average survival and population density of the vector and therefore the ability of the local population to transmit disease (ref).

$\endgroup$

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.