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The competence of reservoir hosts of vector-borne pathogens is directly linked to its capacity to infect the vector. Domestic dogs and cats are major domestic reservoir hosts of Trypanosoma cruzi, and exhibit a much higher infectiousness to triatomines than seropositive humans. We quantified the concentration of T. cruzi DNA in the peripheral blood of(More)
A.P. Nigg (corresponding author), H. Schulze-Koops Division of Rheumatology, Medizinische Poliklinik, Ludwig-MaximiliansUniversität (LMU) Munich, Pettenkoferstr. 8a, 80336 Munich, Germany; Phone: (+49/89) 5160-3579, Fax: -4199, e-mail: axel.nigg@med.uni-muenchen.de S. Wirth Institute of Clinical Radiology, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) Munich,(More)
Histiostoma polypori (Histiostomatidae, Astigmata) is associated with the earwig Forficula auricularia, which has an interesting brood behavior: the adult earwig female cares for her eggs and stays with the N2 and N3 nymphs in the nest. Deutonymphs of H. polypori only leave the female earwig to develop on dead earwig N2 and N3 nymphs. The newly molted(More)
In the situation of mass casualty incidents in Germany the questions that always remain are what and how much resources are needed to provide the best response. Furthermore, there are many local-specific constraints that exist, such as the density of hospitals nearby, what their surgery capacities are like, the distance between the local rescue bases and(More)
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