Aedes albopictus (diptera: culicidae) is incompetent as a vector of hepatitis C virus

Romeo Bellini, Bruno Casali, Marco Carrieri, Carlo Zambonelli, Paolo Rivasi, Francesco Rivasi

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In laboratory experiments, Aedes albopictus females were fed hepatitis C virus (HCV)-infected human blood with a unit-feeding apparatus. Pools of engorged females were tested at various time intervals after their blood meal for the presence of HCV RNA using two methods in parallel: reverse transcription-nested polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and PCR with the Amplicor HCV system. Comparable results were obtained with both methods. Mosquitoes were found to be positive only immediately and 24 h after feeding. Moreover, female progeny produced negative results. Our results indicate that the Ae. albopictus strain used is incompetent as a vector of HCV.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)299-302
Number of pages4
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1997


  • Aedes albopictus
  • hepatitis C
  • mosquito infection
  • PCR
  • vector competence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Immunology


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