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Host feeding patterns of established and potential mosquito vectors of West Nile virus in the eastern United States.
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Findings suggest that vector species for West Nile virus may preferentially feed upon certain avian hosts, including American Robin, Northern Cardinal, Northern Mockingbird, Tufted Titmouse, and Brown-headed Cowbird.
Draft Genome of the Filarial Nematode Parasite Brugia malayi
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Comparative analysis with the free-living, model nematode Caenorhabditis elegans revealed that, despite these genes having maintained little conservation of local synteny during ∼350 million years of evolution, they largely remain in linkage on chromosomal units.
Determining the prevalence of Onchocerca volvulus infection in vector populations by polymerase chain reaction screening of pools of black flies.
TLDR
A PCR assay for detecting Onchocerca volvulus in pools of vector black flies is described, and an algorithm is presented to calculate the prevalence of infection in the vector population, based upon the proportion of PCR-positive pools.
Identification of reptilian and amphibian blood meals from mosquitoes in an eastern equine encephalomyelitis virus focus in central Alabama.
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Ectothermic species are possible EEE virus reservoirs in the southeastern United States where species such as Cx.
Host-Feeding Habits of Culex and Other Mosquitoes (Diptera: Culicidae) in the Borough of Queens in New York City, with Characters and Techniques for Identification of Culex Mosquitoes
TLDR
Host-feeding patterns of mosquitoes collected in the Borough of Queens in New York City in July and August 2000 were investigated using an indirect ELISA and a polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-heteroduplex assay, and species identifications of Culex mosquitoes made using morphological characteristics were confirmed with a PCR assay that employed species-specific primers.
Host-Feeding Patterns of Aedes albopictus (Diptera: Culicidae) in Relation to Availability of Human and Domestic Animals in Suburban Landscapes of Central North Carolina
Abstract Aedes albopictus (Skuse) (Diptera: Culicidae) is a major nuisance mosquito and a potential arbovirus vector. The host-feeding patterns of Ae. albopictus were investigated during the 2002 and
Host choice and West Nile virus infection rates in blood-fed mosquitoes, including members of the Culex pipiens complex, from Memphis and Shelby County, Tennessee, 2002-2003.
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A temporal analysis of the feeding patterns of the dominant Culex species did not support a shift in feeding behavior away from robins to mammals late in the summer, but a significant degree of temporal variation was noted in the proportion of robin-derived bloodmeals when the data were analyzed by semi-monthly periods, consistent with the hypothesis that the mosquitoes were preferentially feeding upon nesting birds.
Identification of bloodmeals in haematophagous Diptera by cytochrome B heteroduplex analysis
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The stability of DNA in bloodmeals, for several days post‐ingestion by haematophagous insects, allows PCR‐HDA assays to be used reliably for host identification, and shows sufficient interspecific variation to distinguish between mammalian host samples.
Avian host preference by vectors of eastern equine encephalomyelitis virus.
TLDR
Blood-fed mosquitoes that were confirmed vectors of eastern equine encephalomyelitis virus were collected in 2002 from an enzootic site in central Alabama during the time this virus was actively transmitted to suggest that these mosquitoes are selectively targeting particular avian species.
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