As one of the best research centres in Central Africa, CRID continues to register collaborations with scientific researchers and other organisations to foster the fight agaisnt infectious diseases
From the Navy Entomology Centre of Excellence, Matthew J. Montgomery and Naval Medical Researcher Unit 3 James F. Harwood collaborate with CRID on the Global Emerging Infection Surveillance project.
Field collected Aedes albopictus mosquitoes at Nkolbisson – Yaoundé were tested at CRID with the use of a mobile lab.
“We needed CRID’s expertise, field experience and regional knowledge to catch the mosquitoes in the field. Seeing that the scientists at CRID master the terrain, their collaboration helped us find good mosquito sites to get the right mosquitoes. Their collaboration made the work easy for us” says Naval Medical Researcher James Harwood
Having collected and tested the Ae. albopictus for dengue virus, the results reveal no pool of mosquitoes was found infected. Hence, the absence of dengue virus in these samples.
Matthew Montgomery affirms that, they will continue to collect Aedes mosquitoes and test in other location including where Ae. aegypti is most prevalent.
It is interesting to know that, Ae. albopictus originated from South east Asian forest, invaded Cameroon in the early 2000s and currently the most prevalent species in almost all location where both species are sympatric. Further research will however be carried out to ascertain this.