Effect of an intervention in storm drains to prevent Aedes aegypti reproduction in Salvador, Brazil

Raquel Lima Souza, Vánio André Mugabe, Igor Adolfo Dexheimer Paploski, Moreno S. Rodrigues, Patrícia Sousa dos Santos Moreira, Leile Camila Jacob Nascimento, Christopher Michael Roundy, Scott C. Weaver, Mitermayer Galvão Reis, Uriel Kitron & Guilherme Sousa Ribeiro


Aedes aegypti, the principal vector for dengue, chikungunya and Zika viruses, is a synanthropic species that uses stagnant water to complete its reproductive cycle. In urban settings, rainfall water draining structures, such as storm drains, may retain water and serve as a larval development site for Aedes spp. reproduction. Herein, we describe the effect of a community-based intervention on preventing standing water accumulation in storm drains and their consequent infestation by adult and immature Ae. aegypti and other mosquitoes.