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Studies on factors influencing the transmission of onchocerciasis. II. The intake of Onchocerca volvulus microfilariae by Simulium damnosum and the survival of the parasites in the fly under laboratory conditions

Duke, B.O.L.

Annals of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology 56(3): 255-263

1962


ISSN/ISBN: 1364-8594
Accession: 014203639

Duke compared the numbers of Onchocerca volvulus microfilariae taken in by groups of "wild" Simulium damnosum fed on the legs of men with different infection rates. The mean intake of microfilariae rose in proportion to the density of microfilariae per mg. of skin, until a concentration of about 150 microfiiariae per mg. was reached.

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