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Implication of Anopheles funestus in malaria transmission in the city of Yaoundé, Cameroon
Implication d’Anopheles funestus dans la transmission du paludisme dans la ville de Yaoundé au Cameroun
Laboratoire de Recherche sur le Paludisme, Organisation de Coordination Pour la Lutte Contre les Endémies en Afrique Centrale (OCEAC), P.O. Box 288, Yaoundé, Cameroon
2 Vector Borne Diseases Laboratory of the Applied Biology and Ecology Research Unit (VBID-URBEA), Department of Animal Biology, Faculty of Sciences of the University of Dschang, P.O. Box 067, Dschang, Cameroon
3 Faculty of Science, University of Yaoundé I, P.O. Box 337, Yaoundé, Cameroon
4 Vector Biology, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Pembroke Place, L3 5QA Liverpool, UK
* Corresponding author: email@example.com
Accepted: 26 January 2020
The contribution of Anopheles funestus to malaria transmission in the urban environment is still not well documented. The present study assesses the implication of An. funestus in malaria transmission in two districts, Nsam and Mendong, in the city of Yaoundé. Adult mosquitoes were collected using Centers for Disease Control and Prevention miniature light traps (CDC-LT) and human landing catches from April 2017 to March 2018 and were identified morphologically to the species level. Those belonging to the Anopheles gambiae complex and to the Anopheles funestus group were further processed by PCR to identify members of each complex/group. Anopheline mosquitoes were analysed to determine their infection status using an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Bioassays were conducted with 2–5-day-old female Anopheles funestus and An. gambiae s.l. to determine their susceptibility to permethrin, deltamethrin and dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT). Six anopheline species were collected in the peri-urban district of Mendong: Anopheles gambiae, An. coluzzii, An. funestus, An. leesoni, An. ziemanni and An. marshallii; only four out of the six were recorded in Nsam. Of the two members of the Anopheles gambiae complex collected, An. coluzzii was the most prevalent. Anopheles coluzzii was the most abundant species in Nsam, while An. funestus was the most abundant in Mendong. Both Anopheles funestus and An. gambiae s.l. were found to be infected with human Plasmodium at both sites, and both were found to be resistant to DDT, permethrin, and deltamethrin. This study confirms the participation of An. funestus in malaria transmission in Yaoundé and highlights the need to also target this species for sustainable control of malaria transmission.
La contribution d’Anopheles funestus à la transmission du paludisme en milieu urbain n’est pas encore bien documentée. La présente étude évalue l’implication d’An. funestus dans la transmission du paludisme dans la ville de Yaoundé. L’étude a été menée dans deux quartiers de la ville de Yaoundé, Nsam et Mendong. Des moustiques adultes ont été collectés à l’aide des pièges lumineux de type CDC et sur volontaires humains d’avril 2017 à mars 2018. Les moustiques appartenant au genre Anopheles ont été analysés afin de déterminer leur statut infectant grâce à la technique ELISA. Des bio-essais ont été effectués sur des femelles d’An. funestus et An. gambiae s.l. âgées de 2 à 5 jours afin de déterminer leur sensibilité à la perméthrine, la deltaméthrine et le dichlorodiphényltrichloroéthane (DDT). Six espèces d’anophèles ont été collectées dans le quartier périurbain de Mendong : An. gambiae, An. coluzzii, An. funestus, An. leesoni, An. ziemanni et An. marshallii ; seule les quatre premières ont été trouvées à Nsam. Des deux espèces du complexe An. gambiae retrouvées, An. coluzzii était la plus abondante. Anopheles gambiae s.l. était l’espèce prédominante à Nsam, tandis que An. funestus était la plus abondante à Mendong. Les deux espèces An. funestus et An. gambiae s.l. étaient infectées par des Plasmodium humains dans les deux sites, et se sont avérés résistantes au DDT, à la perméthrine et à la deltaméthrine. Cette étude confirme la participation d’An. funestus à la transmission du paludisme à Yaoundé et souligne la nécessité de cibler également cette espèce pour une lutte durable contre le paludisme.
Key words: Malaria / Transmission / Anopheles funestus / Anopheles gambiae / Urban / Yaoundé / Cameroon
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Anthropogenic changes affecting the environment, such as large-scale unplanned urbanisation, are considered to have a major influence on vector-borne disease epidemiology [27, 29, 31]. In Cameroon, the city of Yaoundé is one of the largest in the country with a population of approximately three million inhabitants, and it has experienced intense modification of its natural environment throughout the past years. The rapid and spontaneous urbanisation in and around the city centre, with the absence of infrastructure for sanitation and surface water drainage, as well as the colonisation of lowland areas for urban agriculture or housing construction, has favoured the establishment of anophelines in an urban setting [5, 21]. In Cameroon, malaria is still a major public health problem affecting approximately 30% of the population annually [51, 64], and its prevention relies entirely on the use of insecticide-treated nets (ITNs) and/or long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) . However, overreliance on insecticides for both public health and agriculture over the past decades has contributed to the emergence and rapid expansion of pyrethroid resistance particularly in urban settings [5, 8, 9, 49]. In Yaoundé, Anopheles gambiae and An. coluzzii are the most important malaria vectors in the city centre [56, 66]. Studies conducted at the periphery of the city of Yaoundé reported the presence of vectors such as An. moucheti, An. nili, and An. funestus, which contribute alongside An. gambiae s.l. to malaria transmission . Anopheles funestus has always been reported in sympatry with An. gambiae in most rural settings in Cameroon [7, 10, 18]. In some places, this vector was found to perpetuate high infection rates surpassing those of An. gambiae, demonstrating the important epidemiological role that it can play . Anopheles funestus has a close relationship to humans and usually displays high anthropophilic and endophilic behaviour [11, 20]. Similar to An. gambiae, high insecticide resistance has been reported for this vector population in Cameroon . Resistant populations were found to overexpress different detoxification genes conferring resistance to organochlorines and pyrethroids [33, 39, 47]. The following examples highlight the increasing challenges for controlling these vector populations. To date, three species belonging to the An. funestus species group have been reported in Cameroon, including An. funestus, An. leesoni, and An. rivulorum ; however, only An. funestus is largely distributed across the country and has a major role in malaria transmission [2, 3, 11, 15]. Despite being recognised as a major malaria vector in Africa, the epidemiological role of An. funestus in the urban environment has only been explored with limited scope in both Cameroon and across Africa . In the present study, the role of An. funestus in malaria transmission in the city of Yaoundé was investigated during a survey comparing malaria transmission dynamics between a central and a peri-urban district.
The study was conducted under the ethical clearance No. 2016/11/832/CE/CNERSH/SP conferred by the Cameroon National Ethics Committee for Research on Human Health (CNERSH) Ref. No. D30-172/L/MINSANTE/SG/DROS/TMC on 4 April 2017. For human landing catches, all adult men who took part in the collection signed a written informed consent form before being enrolled in the study, as recommended by the validated protocol and were given free malaria prophylaxis.
The study was conducted in Yaoundé (3°43′00″–3°58′00″ N and 11°24′30″–11°34′30″ E), the capital city of Cameroon. Yaoundé is a city covering a surface area of 304 km2 and situated 700 m above sea level. Its population is estimated to be approximately three million inhabitants. The city is drained by several permanent streams and is situated within the Congo-Guinean phytogeographic zone, characterised by vegetation dominated by Sterculiaceae and Ulmaceae . The climate is of the equatorial type and comprises two rainy seasons extending from March to June and from September to November. The average rainfall in Yaoundé is estimated to be 1688 mm/year with an average annual temperature of 26 °C. The average humidity is 80% and varies during the day between 35% and 98% . The city is exposed to frequent humid winds blowing south-west to west or north to west .
Mosquito collections were conducted in the districts of Nsam and Mendong (Fig. 1). Nsam is situated in the city centre along the Mfoundi river, which provides excellent breeding opportunities for mosquitoes during the dry season. During the rainy season, breeding habitats are evenly distributed in the district; however, most of them are found in lowland areas. Mendong is a district situated at the periphery of the city along the Mefou river. The district is highly populated with construction in both highland and lowland areas (Table 1). Marshlands along the Mefou river are exploited for house construction and for the practice of market gardening during the dry season. The emergent vegetation in swamps and along the edges of the Mefou river provides ideal breeding opportunities for An. funestus, the predominant anopheline species in the district. The practice of agriculture in marshland during the dry season also promotes the presence of this species all year long.
A map of Yaoundé showing the study sites of Mendong and Nsam.
Characteristics of the study sites in Nsam and Mendong districts.
Two collection methods targeting host-seeking mosquitoes – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention miniature light traps (CDC-LT) (Model 512 6VDC John W. Hock) and human landing catches (HLCs) – were used from 07:00 pm to 06:00 am indoors and outdoors. Collections were undertaken during the months of April, June, August, October, and December in 2017 and March 2018. Collections using CDC light traps were conducted using 17–20 traps placed indoors and outdoors in a maximum of 12 different houses. In five houses, traps were placed both in and outdoors, whereas in the remaining houses, traps were placed exclusively indoors. Houses were chosen randomly and were separated from one another by a distance of approximately 100 m. Mosquito collections were undertaken in each district over three consecutive nights each month to control for bias such as variation from rainfall and temperature (Table 2). CDC-LTs (Model 512 6VDC John W. Hock) were used as the main method to assess mosquito dynamics.
For human landing catches, collections were conducted in three houses (different from those used for CDC-LTs) in each district, both indoors and outdoors for one night. This collection technique was used to check the efficiency of CDC-LT collections. Once collected, mosquitoes were put into separate bags, and labelled according to the site, night and hour of collection. Local field collectors conducted catches from 07:00 pm to 06:00 am. After giving their consent, they were followed throughout the study and were treated using an artemisinin-based combination if they were detected as having malaria, as recommended by the Cameroon Ministry of Health.
Once collected, anophelines were separated from culicines using the morphological identification keys developed by Edwards . Different anopheline species were also identified using morphological identification keys [25, 26]. Each anopheline specimen was stored individually in a numbered tube containing desiccant, archived and kept in a freezer at −20 °C.
Mosquitoes belonging to the An. gambiae complex were further processed by PCR  to distinguish An. coluzzii from An. gambiae, the two members of the complex found in Yaoundé. Molecular identification of members of the An. funestus group was conducted using the protocol developed by Koekemoer et al. . DNA extracted from the wings and legs of the mosquitoes, according to the protocol developed by Livak and Schmittgen  was used for these analyses.
The head and thorax of female anophelines were tested for the presence of circumsporozoite protein (CSP) from Plasmodium falciparum using an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), as described in Fontenille et al. .
Susceptibility of An. gambiae and An. funestus to DDT (4%), permethrin (0.75%) and deltamethrin (0.05%) was assessed using the WHO protocol . Wild females of Anopheles funestus collected using HLC were kept alive to lay eggs. Larvae obtained from the eggs were reared to adults and used for bioassays. Wild females were identified to the species level. For Anopheles gambiae, larvae collected in temporary water collection in the field were reared to adults. Sampling was conducted from April to May 2017 during the short rainy season. Unfed Females of both species aged 2–5 days old were used to perform insecticide susceptibility tests. Batches of 20–25 mosquitoes per tube were exposed to impregnated papers for 1 h. The number of mosquitoes knocked down by the insecticide was recorded every 10 min during exposure. After exposure, mosquitoes were fed with a 10% glucose solution, and the number of dead mosquitoes was recorded 24 h post-exposure. Tests using untreated papers were conducted as controls. The mortality rates were corrected using the Abbot formula  whenever the mortality rate of the controls was between 5% and 20%. Susceptibility and resistance levels were assessed according to the World Health Organization criteria . Female anophelines at the end of the tests were classified into three groups: insecticide resistant (if the mortality rate was <80%), insecticide tolerant (if the mortality rate was between 80% and 97%), and insecticide susceptible (if the mortality rate was >97%).
To detect the presence of the kdr alleles (L1014F and L1014S) conferring resistance to DDT and pyrethroids, DNA extracted from the wings and legs of a sub-sample of An. gambiae s.l. females was screened using a TaqMan assay . The DNA was also used for species identification.
The biting rate (number of bites per person per night) was calculated as the number of mosquitoes caught in one night divided by the number of collectors. The infection rate was calculated as the number of infected anophelines divided by the total number processed. The entomological inoculation rate (EIR) was calculated by multiplying the infection rate by the human biting rate for one night, to obtain the daily EIR. The EIR for the CDC light traps was estimated as follows: EIR = 1.605 × (No. of sporozoite positive ELISAs/No. of mosquitoes tested) × (No. of mosquitoes collected/No. of CDC light traps). The 1.605 represents the factor of overestimation of human landing catches compared to light traps. The monthly EIR was calculated by multiplying the average daily EIR by the number of days in the month. The annual EIR was calculated by summing the monthly EIR for a year. The confidence interval was calculated using MedCalc statistical software, version 15.8 (MedCalc software bvba, Ostend, Belgium; https://www.medCalc.org; 2015). Statistical analyses were performed with SPSS Statistics for Windows, version 20 (SPSS Inc., Chicago, IL, USA) to compare percentages or averages. The level of significance of each test was set at p = 0.05.
A total of 7136 mosquitoes belonging to four genera were collected in both Mendong and Nsam. Of these, 5160 were collected in Nsam and 1976 in Mendong. Mosquitoes collected included Culex, Anopheles, Mansonia, and Aedes species at both sites. Culex species were the most abundantly represented with 88.1% and 58.7% of the total mosquitoes collected in Nsam and Mendong, respectively (Table 3). High anopheline species diversity was recorded in the peri-urban district of Mendong with six species collected, An. gambiae, An. coluzzii, An. funestus, An. leesoni, An. ziemanni, and An. marshallii, whereas only four were recorded in the urban district of Nsam (An. gambiae, An. coluzzii, An. funestus, An. leesoni). Anopheles gambiae emerged as the most abundant anopheline species in Nsam (10.3% of the total), while An. funestus was the most abundant in Mendong (19% of the total).
Mosquito species composition in Nsam and Mendong, Yaoundé, from April 2017 to March 2018.
A sub-sample of 107 An. gambiae s.l. from Nsam and 126 from Mendong randomly selected amongst mosquitoes collected at different periods were further processed to determine sibling species frequency in each district. From the analyses, An. coluzzii and An. gambiae were present at both sites. Anopheles coluzzii presented a frequency varying from 0% to 90.91% in Mendong and from 76.9% to 100% in Nsam (Table 4). In the An. funestus group, both An. funestus and An. leesoni were found at each site. Out of 200 specimens screened by PCR, 46 (23%) were An. leesoni and 154 (77%) An. funestus. The monthly variation in the frequency of the two species in Nsam and Mendong is presented in Table 4.
Monthly variation of the composition of species in the An. gambiae complex and An. funestus group in Nsam and Mendong.
In Mendong, An. gambiae s.l. and An. funestus were caught throughout the study period. The An. gambiae s.l. human biting rate (HBR) varied from 1.33 to 10.08 bites/man/night (b/m/n), while that of An. funestus varied from 0.33 to 14.5 b/m/n. The peak of bites for An. gambiae was recorded in June 2017, and the lowest in October 2017, while the highest for An. funestus was recorded in April 2017 and the lowest in October 2017 (Fig. 2).
Monthly variation of biting densities of An. gambiae s.l. and An. funestus collected using HLC in Mendong and Nsam from April 2017 to March 2018.
In Nsam, An. gambiae s.l. was collected throughout the study period using human landing catches, with the highest biting rate (81 b/m/n) recorded in June 2017. Anopheles funestus was less prevalent in the district; its highest biting rate was recorded in December 2017 (2.17 b/m/n).
In Mendong, An. gambiae densities collected using CDC-LTs varied from 0.04 in August to 0.85 mosquitoes/trap/night in April. Concerning An. funestus, its densities varied from 0.04 in August 2017 to 3.55 mosquitoes/trap/night in April 2017. In Nsam, the average density of An. gambiae s.l. varied from 0.03 in October 2017 to 2.2 mosquitoes/trap/night in June 2017; however, the density of An. funestus varied from 0.1 in August 2017 to 0.21 mosquito/trap/night in June 2017 (Fig. 3).
Monthly variation of anopheline densities collected using CDC-LT in Mendong and Nsam from April 2017 to March 2018.
The Pearson correlation coefficient, used to assess the relationship between CDC-LT and HLC, indicated no significant correlation in the sampling efficiency between CDC-LT and HLC when all mosquitoes were considered in Mendong (r = 0.47, p = 0.09) whereas a significant correlation was found in Nsam (r = 0.67, p = 0.03).
In Nsam, An. gambiae s.l. was recorded as biting all night long. However, there was a peak of bites occurring between 2 am and 3 am indoors (0.75 b/m/h) and between 2 am and 4 am (1.45 b/m/h) outdoors. Anopheles funestus was also recorded biting predominantly outdoors during the second part of the night.
In Mendong, Anopheles gambiae was predominant outdoors, particularly during the second part of the night. Its peak of biting was recorded between midnight and 1 am outdoors (1.19 b/m/h) and 2 am and 3 am indoors (1.19 b/m/h). Anopheles funestus biting densities increased from 0 b/m/h to 0.6 b/m/h between midnight and 1 am, and then decreased during the second part of the night (Fig. 4).
Night biting cycle of An. gambiae s.l. and An. funestus in Mendong and Nsam.
Out of 1020 mosquitoes processed using ELISA, 39 were found to be infected: 25 collected using CDC-LTs, distributed as follows: 10 An. gambiae s.l. (6 out of 210 at Nsam and 4 out of 84 at Mendong) and 15 An. funestus (1 out of 44 at Nsam and 14 out of 296 at Mendong). Similarly, 14 infected mosquitoes were collected by HLC and this included 10 An. gambiae s.l. (1 out of 157 at Nsam and 9 out of 145 at Mendong) and 4 An. funestus (1 out of 20 at Nsam and 3 out of 64 at Mendong) (Table 5). Two An. leesoni specimens within the An. funestus group were recorded as infected in Mendong. Of the 20 An. gambiae s.l. recorded infected, 10 were An. coluzzii (four in Mendong and six in Nsam) and 10 An. gambiae (nine in Mendong and one in Nsam). Most infection cases were due to Plasmodium falciparum (88%), and the remaining cases (12%) were infections due to Plasmodium ovale, P. malariae, or P. vivax. Infected mosquitoes were detected almost every month at both sites. The infection rate was significantly different between the two sites (p < 0.015).
Plasmodium falciparum infection rate of mosquitoes collected using HLCs and CDC-LTs in Nsam and Mendong.
Both collections from CDC-LTs and human landing collections were used for EIR estimation. The CDC-LT entomological inoculation rate was estimated at 15.64 infected mosquito bites/man/year (ib/m/yr) at Mendong, and 6.14 ib/m/yr at Nsam. The entomological inoculation rate calculated using HLC was 106.83 ib/m/yr at Mendong and 9.78 ib/m/yr at Nsam (Table 6). Transmission was not recorded during the months of August, October, and December in Mendong, and in August and December at Nsam. Infected mosquitoes collected with CDC-LTs were more regularly observed in Nsam than in Mendong (Fig. 5A and B). The contribution of both An. funestus and An. gambiae to the annual entomological inoculation rate according to the different collection methods in each study site is presented in Table 6.
Malaria transmission pattern in Mendong and Nsam from April 2017 to March 2018: (A) monthly EIR using CDC light traps; (B) monthly variation of standard EIR using human landing catches.
Estimation of the entomological inoculation rate (EIR) using CDC light traps or human landing catches in Nsam and Mendong.
A total of 829 An. gambiae and 200 An. funestus females were exposed to permethrin, deltamethrin, and DDT. Anopheles funestus collected at Mendong were resistant to deltamethrin, permethrin and DDT [33.33% (95% CI [21.6–49.2]), 65% (95% CI [48.3–86.4]) and 76% (95% CI [53.4–104.3]) mortality rate, respectively]. Concerning An. gambiae females, they were resistant to DDT, deltamethrin, and permethrin at both sites with a mortality rate varying from 0% to 62.5% (Table 7). Of the 60 An. gambiae s.l. screened to detect the presence of the kdr allele, 49 were detected as carrying the west African kdr allele L1014F, whereas three were detected as carrying the east African kdr allele L1014S. Kdr allele frequency in the population was estimated at 44%.
Mortality rates for An. gambiae s.l. and An. funestus field populations after exposure to 4% DDT, 0.75% permethrin, and 0.05% deltamethrin in Mendong and Nsam.
The study objective was to assess the implication of An. funestus in malaria transmission in the city of Yaoundé by comparing malaria transmission patterns between an urban and a peri-urban district of the city. High malaria transmission carried by both An. funestus and An. gambiae s.l. was recorded. The involvement of An. funestus in malaria transmission alongside An. gambiae contrasted with previous records [23, 46], as well as with the findings from the city of Douala where transmission is mainly sustained by An. gambiae s.l. [6, 48]. Anopheles funestus has rarely been reported to transmit malaria in urban settings [34, 50]. The typical breeding habitats of An. funestus are permanent or semi-permanent water collections with emergent vegetation . Its presence in the city of Yaoundé may result from the presence of marshland covered with emerging vegetation along the Mfoundi and Mefou rivers . Anopheles funestus is widely distributed across the country  and in most rural settings where it has been reported, it may sustain very high levels of malaria transmission [2, 7, 16, 61]. It was also found to bite predominantly indoors, whereas most An. gambiae s.l. bites were recorded outdoors. Both species were recorded to bite frequently during the second part of the night, with An. gambiae s.l. recorded biting extensively even after 5 am. This may improve its capacity to maintain residual malaria transmission since after 5 am, most people are out of their bed nets and active (studying for students, cleaning the house, or preparing for the day).
Increased transmission of malaria due to changes in mosquito biting behaviour has been reported in previous studies . High species diversity was recorded in the district of Mendong with six species collected and just four in Nsam. The diversity of species might result from the high variety of breeding habitats in Mendong compared to Nsam with the presence of puddles, lakes, rivers, and swamps, which could be excellent habitats for a variety of mosquito species [2, 4, 11, 21]. Seasonal fluctuations in the biting densities of An. funestus, particularly in Mendong, were recorded with a sharp increase at the onset of the rainy season. The abundance of An. funestus during this period could be due to the extension of swamps associated with growing vegetation at their edges, which increased breeding opportunities for An. funestus. Similar observations were reported elsewhere . Anopheles gambiae s.l. was present all year long at both sites; however, there were high densities recorded during the short rainy season (April–June).
Both An. gambiae s.l. and An. funestus were resistant to permethrin, deltamethrin, and DDT. These findings were consistent with studies conducted across the country reporting rapid evolution of insecticide resistance in these vector populations [9, 38]. The profile of susceptibility in An. gambiae s.l. populations to insecticides was similar between the two districts and may suggest similar selective pressure at both sites. In Cameroon, the rapid evolution of insecticide resistance in vector populations is thought to result from selective pressure exerted by the frequent use of treated nets, sprays, and coils in households and pesticide use in agriculture [13, 45]. Although pesticides are commonly used in urban farming, the limited area used for agriculture in Mendong might decrease the impact of selective pressure due to pesticides. It is still not known whether insecticide resistance intensity is similar between the two sites, and this deserves further investigation. Currently, only overexpression of detoxification genes is known to confer resistance to organochlorine and pyrethroids in An. funestus populations in Cameroon [38, 52, 53, 67, 68], whereas both target-site mutations and metabolic mechanisms have been reported in An. gambiae s.l. populations from Cameroon [9, 44, 58].
Anopheles funestus belongs to a group of nine morphologically similar species , which can be identified by molecular assays [15, 32]. Three of these species, An. funestus, An. rivulorum, and An. leesoni, have been reported in Cameroon [15, 41]. Molecular identification indicated the presence of An. funestus and An. leesoni in both districts. This is the first time An. leesoni has been reported in the city of Yaoundé. Interestingly, two An. leesoni were also found to be infected. Although An. leesoni is frequently reported across the continent, it is considered to have a limited role in malaria transmission [19, 26]. However, it is becoming important to confirm its role as a vector of malaria through dissection of the salivary glands.
Within members of the An. gambiae complex, both An. gambiae and An. coluzzii were recorded. Anopheles coluzzii was the predominant species at both sites, representing 87.85% and 53.97% of the total species in Nsam and Mendong, respectively. These data were in accordance with previous studies reporting a heterogeneous distribution of these species in the city of Yaoundé [28, 59].
A high malaria transmission rate was recorded in both districts and likely suggests an elevated malaria transmission risk in both the centre and the city periphery. According to Robert et al. , the annual entomological inoculation rate in sub-Saharan Africa could be as high as seven in city centres, 45.8 in peri-urban areas, and 167.7 in rural areas. Transmission levels recorded during this study in the city of Yaoundé were far above these values as well as those previously recorded [23, 60]. Additionally, such high levels likely point to the negative influence of unplanned urbanisation on malaria transmission and are consistent with studies conducted in other major sub-Saharan African cities [6, 30, 34, 37, 42, 43, 48, 50, 54, 69].
The present study highlights challenges affecting malaria control in the urban environment and confirms the important epidemiological role played by An. funestus in the urban environment. In the case of Yaoundé, where vectors display high pyrethroid resistance, different species take part in malaria transmission, and hotspot areas are well identified. The implementation of an integrated control approach combining larvicidal or environmental management by draining urban swamps, with improvements in urban planning, and promotion of the use of treated nets could be indicated for the control and elimination of malaria vectors in Yaoundé.
The authors declare that they have no competing interests.
This work received financial support from a Wellcome Trust Senior Fellowship in Public Health and Tropical Medicine (202687/Z/16/Z) to CAN. The funding body did not have any role in the experimental design, collection of data, analysis, and interpretation of data, or in the writing of the manuscript.
Conceived and designed the study protocol: CAN; participated in field and laboratory activities: DDL, NDL, KE, TA, NCS, DBP, BR, AAP, CAN; critically revised the manuscript: CSW, TT, AAP; interpreted, analysed data and wrote the paper: CAN, DDL with contributions from other authors. All the authors read and approved the final version.
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Cite this article as: Djamouko-Djonkam L, Nkahe DL, Kopya E, Talipouo A, Ngadjeu CS, Doumbe-Belisse P, Bamou R, Awono-Ambene HP, Tchuinkam T, Wondji CS & Antonio-Nkondjio C. 2020. Implication of Anopheles funestus in malaria transmission in the city of Yaoundé, Cameroon. Parasite 27, 10.
Monthly variation of biting densities of An. gambiae s.l. and An. funestus collected using HLC in Mendong and Nsam from April 2017 to March 2018.
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Monthly variation of anopheline densities collected using CDC-LT in Mendong and Nsam from April 2017 to March 2018.
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