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CUARTAS, Daniel Elías et al. Spatial distribution of potential and positive Aedes aegypti breeding sites. Biomédica [online]. 2017, vol.37, suppl.2, pp.59-66. ISSN 0120-4157.


The spatial distribution of Aedes aegypti is heterogeneous, and the interaction between positive and potential breeding sites located both inside and outside homes is one of the most difficult aspects to characterize in vector control programs.


To describe the spatial relationship between potential and positive breeding sites of A. aegypti inside and outside homes in Cali, Colombia.

Materials and methods:

We conducted an entomological survey to collect data from both indoor and outdoor breeding sites. The exploratory analysis of spatial data included location, spatial trends, local spatial autocorrelation, spatial continuity and spatial correlation of positive and potential breeding sites according to habitat.


Spatial trends were identified, as well as clusters of potential and positive breeding sites outdoors using local spatial autocorrelation analysis. A positive correlation was found between potential and positive breeding sites, and a negative correlation existed between indoor and outdoor sites.


The spatial relationship between positive and potential A. aegypti breeding sites both indoors and outdoors is dynamic and highly sensitive to the characteristics of each territory. Knowing how positive and potential breeding sites are distributed contributes to the prioritization of resources and actions in vector control programs.

Keywords : Aedes aegypti; dengue; Zika; Chikungunya; spatial analysis.

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