Vector #Mosquito #Ecology and Japanese #Encephalitis Virus Genotype III Strain Detection from #Culex tritaeniorhynchus and #Pig in Huaihua, #China (Vector Borne Zoo Dis., abstract)

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Vector Mosquito Ecology and Japanese Encephalitis Virus Genotype III Strain Detection from Culex tritaeniorhynchus and Pig in Huaihua, China

Chen Chen, Teng Zhao, Yuting Jiang, Chunxiao Li, Gang Wang, Jian Gao, Yande Dong, Dan Xing, Xiaoxia Guo, and Tongyan Zhao

Published Online: 10 Jun 2019 / DOI:



The Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV), a mosquito-borne zoonotic pathogen, is the major cause of viral encephalitis worldwide. An investigation of mosquito species diversity, JEV infection rate, and seasonal population fluctuations of Culex tritaeniorhynchus in Huaihua County, Hunan Province, China, revealed the distribution of vector mosquito populations and genotypes and molecular characteristics of current, common JEV strains in this region. Research on mosquito species diversity in different habitats in Huaihua revealed that local community composition was relatively simple, including five species from four genera (two Culex spp., one Anopheles sp., one Aedes sp., and one Armigeres sp.). Cx. tritaeniorhynchuswas clearly the dominant species comprising 94.2–98.6% of all specimens and was always the most common species captured in paddy fields, pigpens, and human dwellings. The seasonal abundance of Cx. tritaeniorhynchus was relatively even, with a single seasonal peak in late August. Two Huaihua JEV strains isolated from the mosquito and pig were highly congruent. The genetic affinities were determined by analyzing capsid/premembrane (C/PrM) and envelope (E) gene variation. The results showed that they were of genotype III and most closely related to the live, attenuated vaccine strains SAl4-14-2 and SA14 and JaGAr01. The Huaihua E protein shares high similarity (mosquito 98.8% and pig 97.6%) at the nucleotide level with the SA14-14-2 vaccine. Although we found that the E gene sequences of the Huaihua JEV mosquito strain and pig strain have 11 and 15 amino acid site substitutions compared with the SAl4-14-2 vaccine, key sites that associated with JEV’s antigenic activity and neurovirulence were unchanged. The SA14-14-2 vaccine should therefore be effective in preventing JEV infection in the Huaihua region.

Keywords: Japanese Encephalitis Virus; Mosquitoes; Culex spp.; Pigs; China.


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