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Evolution, epidemiology, and population genetics of black flies (Diptera: Simuliidae).
Mansonellosis: current perspectives
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There are at present no estimates of the disease burden caused by mansonellosis, and thus its importance to many global health professionals and policy makers is presently limited to how it can interfere with diagnostic tools used in modern filarial disease control and elimination programs aimed at other species of filariae.
Molecular systematics of five Onchocerca species (Nematoda: Filarioidea) including the human parasite, O. volvulus, suggest sympatric speciation
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Reconstruction of the phylogeny of five Onchocerca species showed that O. ochengi is the sister species of O. volvulus, in accordance with the classification based on morphology and geographical location.
Multivariate morphotaxonomy in the identification of adult females of the Simulium damnosum Theobald complex (Diptera: Simuliidae) in the Onchocerciasis Control Programme area of West Africa.
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The combination of pale arculus and pale antennae with pale or dark fore coxae were unique to the S. damnosum subcomplex, whilst those of black arculus together with wholly dark or mixed ninth abdominal tergite setae and scutellar setae wereunique to S. yahense.
Taxonomy and inventory of the cytospecies and cytotypes of the Simulium damnosum complex (Diptera: Simuliidae) in relation to onchocerciasis
We provide an inventory of all named cytoforms of the Simulium damnosum complex (including those which are now considered invalid), along with all inversions that have been recorded (including
Onchocerciasis Transmission in Ghana: Persistence under Different Control Strategies and the Role of the Simuliid Vectors
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Despite repeated ivermectin treatment, evidence of O. volvulus transmission was documented in all seven villages and above the WHO threshold in two, and Vector species influences transmission through biting and parous rates and vector competence, and should be included in transmission models.
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