Long-term surveillance provides insights into WNV transmission dynamics in Iowa
Since 2002, the Medical Entomology Lab at Iowa State has been monitoring mosquito populations and performing virus testing (in cooperation with the State Hygienic Lab) to better understand WNV transmission. Combining data from previous efforts under the stewardship of Wayne Rowley and Lyric Bartholomay, we have now assembled 15 years of mosquito abundance and virus infection data to being to tease apart the transmission dynamics of WNV for the state of Iowa. From these results, clear patterns of infection emerge in western Iowa that correspond with Culex tarsalis abundance.
Surveillance provides important insights into mosquito abundance and species distribution