Mexican mosquitoes : overcoming barriers for dengue and Zika virus infection
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The mosquito transmitted arboviruses cause an important burden of disease worldwide. In Latin America dengue disease is endemic with more than 1 million dengue fever cases reported yearly. In addition to dengue, chikungunya and Zika viruses have been also circulating since their introduction in 2014 and 2015 respectively. For a mosquito-borne infection to occur susceptible humans, the mosquito vector and the virus should coincide. This dissertation was focused in the mosquito vector and its ability to acquire, maintain and then transmit the virus, termed vector competence. The vector competence ...