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mosquito-borne parasites

Mosquito-borne parasites in the Great Plains: searching for vectors of nematodes and avian malaria parasites

November 14, 2020 - 16:35 -- Open Access
Author(s): 
Noden BH, Bradt DL, Sanders JD
Reference: 
Acta Trop. 2020 Nov 4:105735

Vector-borne diseases in the United States have recently increased as a result of the changing nature of vectors, hosts, reservoirs, parasite/pathogens, and the ecological and environmental conditions. While most focus has been on mosquito-borne pathogens affecting humans, little is known regarding parasites of companion animal, livestock and wildlife and their potential mosquito hosts in the United States. This study assessed the prevalence of mature infections of Dirofilaria immitis and avian malaria parasites (Haemosporida) within urban mosquito (Diptera, Culicidae) communities in Oklahoma.

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