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Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Fiocruz
ISSN: 1678-8060
EISSN: 1678-8060
Vol. 99, No. 2, 2004, pp. 137-140
Bioline Code: oc04025
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
Document available free of charge

Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Vol. 99, No. 2, 2004, pp. 137-140

 en Feeding Sources and Natural Infection of Belminus herreri check for this species in other resources (Hemiptera, Reduviidae, Triatominae) from Dwellings in Cesar, Colombia
Claudia Magaly Sandoval; Rosemere Duarte; Reinaldo Gutíerrez; Dayse da Silva Rocha; Victor Manuel Angulo; Lida Esteban; Marlen Reyes; José Jurberg & Cleber Galvão


Belminus herreri check for this species in other resources , originally described from specimens collected in Panama, was considered entirely silvatic until to 2000 when it was found for the first time in a domestic habitat in Colombia. In 2001, during a new search of houses in the Department of Cesar, Colombia, 121 specimens were collected. Study of their feeding sources using an ELISA test revealed that 96% of these specimens had fed on cockroaches (Blattidae). However, a small proportion of these B. herreri specimens also showed the presence of Trypanosoma cruzi in their gut contents, suggesting a possible role for these insects in the epidemiology of Chagas disease.

Chagas disease - Belminus herreri - Trypanosoma cruzi - Colombia

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