Chagas disease in the Amazon Basin: association of Panstrongylus geniculatus (Hemiptera: Reduviidae) with domestic pigs.

  title={Chagas disease in the Amazon Basin: association of Panstrongylus geniculatus (Hemiptera: Reduviidae) with domestic pigs.},
  author={V C Valente and Sebasti{\~a}o A Valente and François C. Noireau and Hern{\'a}n J Carrasco and Michael A. Miles},
  journal={Journal of medical entomology},
  volume={35 2},
Just over 100 autochthonous cases of Chagas disease are reported from the Brazilian Amazon Basin. Panstrongylus geniculatus (Latreille) occurs throughout the region and is the known vector of Trypanosoma cruzi, principal zymodeme 3 (Z3) to the armadillo Dasypus novemcinctus. In the small riverine community of Furo do Rio Pau Grande, pigsties adjoining houses were heavily infested with P. geniculatus, which repeatedly attacked local inhabitants. Palm trees in the immediate vicinity were also… 

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