Mosquito Microbiota and Implications for Disease Control

Han Gao, Chunlai Cui, Lili Wang, Marcelo Jacobs-Lorena, Sibao Wang

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Mosquito-transmitted diseases account for about 500 000 deaths every year. Blocking these pathogens in the mosquito vector before they are transmitted to humans is an effective strategy to prevent mosquito-borne diseases. Like most higher organisms, mosquitoes harbor a highly diverse and dynamic microbial flora that can be explored for prevention of pathogen transmission. Here we review the structure and function of the mosquito microbiota, including bacteria, fungi, and viruses, and discuss the potential of using components of the microbiota to thwart pathogen transmission.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)98-111
Number of pages14
JournalTrends in parasitology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2020


  • microbiota
  • mosquito
  • transmission
  • vector-borne diseases

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Parasitology
  • Infectious Diseases


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