First molecular identification of Dirofilaria spp. (Onchocercidae) in mosquitoes from Serbia

Kornélia Kurucz, Anett Kepner, Bosiljka Krtinic, Brigitta Zana, Fanni Földes, K. Bányai, Miklós Oldal, F. Jakab, Gábor Kemenesi

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Dirofilariosis is a common and widespread veterinary health issue in several European countries with notable zoonotic potential. The causative agents are Dirofilaria immitis and Dirofilaria repens nematoda species which are transmitted by different mosquito vectors. Similar to other mosquito-borne infections, the knowledge about mosquito species involved in disease transmission is crucial for the complex understanding of local transmission cycles. Since there is no available data on mosquito species, potentially involved in disease transmission from Serbia, 6369 female mosquito individuals were retrospectively tested for Dirofilaria nematodes, collected from 13 localities in Vojvodina province, Serbia, in 2013. Altogether, 8.33 % of tested pools showed positivity, composed of five mosquito species, mainly, Culex pipiens and Aedes vexans. D. immitis and D. repens were both detected from multiple localities, during the whole period of mosquito breeding season, which provides the first data on local transmission characteristics regarding mosquitoes from the Balkans.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-4
Number of pages4
JournalParasitology Research
Publication statusAccepted/In press - máj. 19 2016


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Parasitology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Insect Science
  • veterinary(all)

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