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Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Fiocruz
ISSN: 1678-8060
EISSN: 1678-8060
Vol. 93, No. 2, 1998, pp. 141-143
Bioline Code: oc98026
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
Document available free of charge

Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Vol. 93, No. 2, 1998, pp. 141-143

 en RESEARCH NOTE - The occurrence of Rhodnius prolixus Stal, 1859, naturally infected by Trypanosoma cruzi in the State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Hemiptera, Reduviidae, Triatominae)
Ana Paula Pinho; Teresa Cristina M Goncalves; Regina Helena Mangia; Nedia S Nehme Russell & Ana Maria Jansen

Abstract

Rhodnius prolixus, one of the most important vector of Chagas'
disease in Venezuela, was basically considered in this country as related
to the domiciliar transmission cycle. In the sylvatic environment it was
observed that this species was mainly adapted to palm tree crowns and nests
of Mycteria americana. R. prolixus is a very eclectic
species feeding on marsupials, rats, birds and reptilians. Moreover, it is
agreed that the adaptation of R. prolixus to human dwellings was a
consequence of human colonization of the natural foci of Trypanosoma
cruzi.

Keywords
Trypanosoma cruzi - Rhodnius prolixus

 
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