Original Scientific Article
New records of the Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus) in North Macedonia
Aleksandar Cvetkovikj*,
Igor Djadjovski,
Kiril Krstevski,
Zagorka Popova,
Ljubica Rashikj,
Kristina Atanasova,
Iskra Cvetkovikj,
Jovana Stefanovska

Mac Vet Rev 2020; 43 (2): 125 - 129

10.2478/macvetrev-2020-0025

Received: 10 June 2020

Received in revised form: 23 July 2020

Accepted: 31 July 2020

Available Online First: 10 August 2020

Published on: 15 October 2020

Correspondence: Aleksandar Cvetkovikj, acvetkovic@fvm.ukim.edu.mk

Abstract

Aedes albopictus is an invasive mosquito species spreading throughout Europe and its presence in North Macedonia was recorded in 2016. Following the first detection in September 2018, we conducted a two-week mosquito monitoring by ovitraps in order to determine if there were established populations of Aedes albopictus in Skopje, the capital of North Macedonia. Ninety-four Ae. albopictus eggs (0 to 18 eggs per ovitrap per week) were collected from 7 (14%) ovitraps in 3 (30%) municipalities. Thirty-eight eggs (40.4%) successfully hatched and the adult mosquitoes were identified by morphology and PCR. No other potentially invasive species were identified during the monitoring period. Ae. albopictus distribution is expanding and poses a risk for an Aedes-borne disease transmission in North Macedonia. The available data highlight the need for a regular monitoring for tiger mosquitoes to plan adequate control measures.

Keywords: Aedes albopictus, tiger mosquito, invasive species, insect vector


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© 2020 Cvetkovikj A. This is an open-access article published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

Conflict of Interest Statement

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Citation Information

Macedonian Veterinary Review. Volume 43, Issue 2, Pages 125-129, e-ISSN 1857-7415, p-ISSN 1409-7621, DOI: 10.2478/macvetrev-2020-0025, 2020