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Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Fiocruz
ISSN: 1678-8060
EISSN: 1678-8060
Vol. 97, No. 1, 2002, pp. 25-30
Bioline Code: oc02003
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Vol. 97, No. 1, 2002, pp. 25-30

 en Presence of Triatominae (Hemiptera, Reduviidae) and Risk of Transmission of Chagas Disease in Colima, México
Francisco Espinoza-Gómez; Arcadio Maldonado-Rodríguez; Rafael Coll-Cárdenas; Carlos Moises Hernández-Suárez & Ildefonso Fernández-Salas


With the purpose of evaluating the risk of transmission of the Chagas disease in the State of Colima, México, an entomological survey was performed to obtain triatominae and the rate of infection by Trypanosoma cruzi check for this species in other resources determined by examination of its dejections. Two hundred eighteen houses located in 16 villages were sampled. In each house the intradomestic and peridomestic habitats were examined by the man-hour-house method, sensor boxes and mouse-baited traps. Also, 12 silvatic places were explored around the same areas using the same techniques as the ones sampled. In total, 456 specimens were captured, of which 139 correspond to Triatoma phyllosoma pallidipennis check for this species in other resources ; 80 to T. p. longipennis; one specimen of T. dimidiata and 236 nymphs of Triatoma sp check for this species in other resources . Two hundred ninety seven insects were captured in the intradomestic habitat, 132 in the peridomestic and 26 in the silvatic. The index of positive houses was 27%, located in the central area of the state. The rate of natural infection with T. cruzi showed 25.6%.
This results confirmed the presence of two important vectors of the Chagas disease in Colima. Its preference for the domestic habitat and its high levels of natural infection with T. cruzi suggested the existence of a significant risk for its transmission in this area of the country.

Triatoma pallidipennis, Triatoma longipennis, Trypanosoma cruzi, Chagas disease, Colima, México

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