Spatio-Temporal Distribution of Vector-Host Contact (VHC) Ratios and Ecological Niche Modeling of the West Nile Virus Mosquito Vector, Culex quinquefasciatus, in the City of New Orleans, LA, USA.
- Mohamed F Sallam,
- Sarah R Michaels,
- Claudia Riegel,
- Roberto M Pereira,
- Wayne Zipperer,
- B Graeme Lockaby,
- Philip G Koehler
Int J Environ Res Public Health 2017 Aug 8;14(8). Epub 2017 Aug 8.
Department/School Entomology and Nematology Department, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611, USA.
The consistent sporadic transmission of West Nile Virus (WNV) in the city of New Orleans justifies the need for distribution risk maps highlighting human risk of mosquito bites. We modeled the influence of biophysical and socioeconomic metrics on the spatio-temporal distributions of presence/vector-host contact (VHC) ratios of WNV vector, Culex quinquefasciatus, within their flight range. Biophysical and socioeconomic data were extracted within 5-km buffer radii around sampling localities of gravid female Culex quinquefasciatus. Read More