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Differences between the microfilariae of Wuchereria malayi and Wuchereria bancrofti in giemsa-stained thick blood films



Differences between the microfilariae of Wuchereria malayi and Wuchereria bancrofti in giemsa-stained thick blood films



Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 50(1): 54-57



Staining of thick blood films by modified Giemsa (dry 12 hr., stain 1 hr. in Giemsa diluted 150 with a phosphate buffer to pH 7.2) gives consistent color differentiation between the microfilariae of Wuchereria bancrofti and W. malayi. W. malayi takes a purple stain and the sheath turns pink. W. bancrofti takes a blue stain and the sheath seldom takes up any stain. Loa loa larvae can similarly be recognized through differential staining. Such color differentiation renders the recognition of the obscure morphological characteristics quite easy.

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DOI: 10.1016/0035-9203(56)90008-6


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