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Research Article

Common Host-Derived Chemicals Increase Catches of Disease-Transmitting Mosquitoes and Can Improve Early Warning Systems for Rift Valley Fever Virus

  • David P. Tchouassi,

    Affiliations: International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe), Nairobi, Kenya, Department of Zoology and Entomology, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa

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  • Rosemary Sang,

    Affiliations: International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe), Nairobi, Kenya, Centre for Virus Research, Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), Nairobi, Kenya

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  • Catherine L. Sole,

    Affiliation: Department of Zoology and Entomology, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa

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  • Armanda D. S. Bastos,

    Affiliation: Department of Zoology and Entomology, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa

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  • Peter E. A. Teal,

    Affiliation: USDA/ARS-Center for Medical, Agricultural and Veterinary Entomology, Gainesville, Florida, United States of America

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  • Christian Borgemeister,

    Affiliation: International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe), Nairobi, Kenya

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  • Baldwyn Torto mail

    btorto@icipe.org

    Affiliation: International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe), Nairobi, Kenya

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  • Published: January 10, 2013
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0002007

About the Authors

David P. Tchouassi, Rosemary Sang, Christian Borgemeister, Baldwyn Torto
International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe), Nairobi, Kenya
David P. Tchouassi, Catherine L. Sole, Armanda D. S. Bastos
Department of Zoology and Entomology, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa
Rosemary Sang
Centre for Virus Research, Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), Nairobi, Kenya
Peter E. A. Teal
USDA/ARS-Center for Medical, Agricultural and Veterinary Entomology, Gainesville, Florida, United States of America

Corresponding Author

Email: btorto@icipe.org

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: DPT RS BT. Performed the experiments: DPT. Analyzed the data: DPT. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: DPT RS CB BT. Wrote the paper: DPT RS CLS ADSB PEAT CB BT.