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Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Fiocruz
ISSN: 1678-8060
EISSN: 1678-8060
Vol. 106, No. 8, 2011, pp. 1039-1044
Bioline Code: oc11202
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Vol. 106, No. 8, 2011, pp. 1039-1044

 en Distribution of phlebotomine fauna (Diptera: Psychodidae) across an urban-rural gradient in an area of endemic visceral leishmaniasis in northern Brazil
de Oliveira, Davi Marcos Souza; Saraiva, Elvira Maria; Ishikawa, Edna Aoba Yassui; de Sousa, Adelson Alcimar Almeida; da Silva, Edilene Oliveira & da Silva, Ivoneide Maria


The number of visceral leishmaniasis (VL) cases has increased over the past 10 years in Brazil, especially in the North and Northeast regions of the country. The aim of this study was to evaluate the urbanisation of VL vectors in Barcarena, Pará, an area in northern Brazil where VL is endemic. Sandflies were captured using Centers for Disease Control (CDC) light traps along an urban-rural gradient. The CDC traps were installed inside hen houses at a height of 150 cm. A total of 5,089 sandflies were collected and 11 species were identified. The predominant species was Lutzomyia longipalpis check for this species in other resources (rate of 95.15%), which suggests its participation in the transmission of VL. A total of 1,451 Lu. longipalpis females were dissected and no Leishmania check for this species in other resources infections were detected. Most of the sandflies were captured at the border of a forest (88.25%) and no flies were captured in the urban area, which suggests that transmission is still restricted to rural sites. However, the fact that a specimen was collected in an intermediate area indicates that urbanisation is a real possibility and that vector monitoring is important.

Phlebotominae - vectors - visceral leishmaniasis - endemic area

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