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Trans. R. Soc. Trop. Med. Hyg. 1999 Nov-Dec;93(6):581-6
Aedes aegypti is the principal vector of dengue viruses, responsible for a viral infection that has become a major public health concern in Asia. In Viet Nam, dengue haemorrhagic fever was first detected in the 1960s and is now a leading cause of death in childhood. We studied the variability in competence of Ae. aegypti as a vector for dengue 2 virus and genetic differentiation in this mosquito species. Twenty mosquito samples collected in 1998 in Ho Chi Minh City were subjected to oral infection and isoenzyme polymorphism analysis by starch gel electrophoresis. Ae. aegypti populations from the centre of Ho Chi Minh City were genetically differentiated and their infection rates differed from those of populations from the commuter belt. These results have implications for insecticidal control during dengue outbreaks.