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Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Fiocruz
ISSN: 1678-8060
EISSN: 1678-8060
Vol. 106, No. 4, 2011, pp. 510-513
Bioline Code: oc11088
Full paper language: English
Document type: Short Communication
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Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Vol. 106, No. 4, 2011, pp. 510-513

 en First report of Panstrongylus megistus check for this species in other resources sylvatic focus in municipality of Bambuí, state of Minas Gerais, Brazil
dos Santos Júnior, José Eloy; Diotaiuti, Liléia & Dias, João Carlos Pinto


In 1943, the Center for the Study and Prophylaxis of Chagas Disease, Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, state of Minas Gerais (MG), was created in the municipality of Bambuí to carry out studies related to Chagas disease in the mid-western region of MG. Since that time, several investigations have been conducted to determine the natural habitat of triatomines, but Panstrongylus megistus check for this species in other resources colonies have never been found in this region. This paper records the first finding of a P. megistus sylvatic colony in 69 years of research. The characteristics of this ecotope and its implications for the epidemiology of Chagas disease are discussed.

Panstrongylus megistus, sylvatic ecotope, Bambuí, Chagas disease

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