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Memorias del Instituto de Investigaciones en Ciencias de la Salud

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CARDOZO, Fátima et al. Implementation of a flavivirus detection system in mosquitoes. Mem. Inst. Investig. Cienc. Salud [online]. 2021, vol.19, n.2, pp.32-40. ISSN 1812-9528.

Flaviviruses are viruses transmitted by arthropods, mainly mosquitoes. They can cause diseases in humans and animals, they also include specific insect viruses that only infect and replicate in insects, not in vertebrates. In Paraguay, dengue, yellow fever, and Zika viruses were detected in human infections, but studies of flaviviruses in mosquitoes are still scarce. Therefore, the objective of the present study was the implementation of a flavivirus detection system in mosquitoes at IICS-UNA. First, trainings on collection, pool preparation and processing by conventional RT-PCR techniques were organized by international experts for local professionals (biochemists and biologists). In addition, data log sheets and sample transport control forms from the collection sites to the IICS were implemented. A total of 201 pools of 1 to 35 mosquitoes were prepared, each grouped by species, locality, among others. To ensure the integrity of the extracted RNA, an internal control (Actin-1) detection was performed, all pools being positive for it; 91/201 pools were positive for flaviviruses. The sequencing of 19/91 pools positive for flavivirus was carried out, identifying flavivirus in all cases of insects (mainly detecting Culex Flavivirus, cell fusing agents Flavivirus and Kamiti river virus), evidencing the high distribution of these viruses. These results demonstrate that it was feasible to implement the flavivirus detection system in mosquitoes, which could contribute to strengthen the detection, surveillance and control of these viruses, as well as, the knowledge about the ecological importance of insect flaviviruses.

Palabras clave : flaviviruses; mosquitoes; RT-PCRs; Paraguay.

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