Mosquito collections were conducted between August 23 and 26 in selected farms in Vientiane, the capital of Laos. All collection sites were geo-referenced. After field collection, mosquitoes and papers containing excreta were stored at the UHS – University of Health Sciences in the new -80°C freezer provided by IRD.
We targeted specific poultry farms to maximize the opportunity to collect mosquitoes.
Before and during the mosquito collections, the capital city of Vientiane faced very difficult weather conditions with flooding in the selected areas. Access to the farms was very difficult, we took longer to reach the sites (many roads were blocked for security reasons). We had to rent a 4-wheel drive vehicle to access the collection sites. These conditions probably affected the abundance of mosquito populations making it difficult to obtain large numbers of specimens in our traps. We have been changing trap locations almost daily to increase the number of mosquitoes captured. We will change our collection sites for the next session in October or November.
To learn more about the communication actions of the BiLao project, please read this news: A workshop on the OHSEA BiLao project was held at the Faculty of Pharmacy in Vientiane