The role of Palmyra palm trees (Borassus flabellifer) and sand fly distribution in northeastern India.

@article{Poch2012TheRO,
  title={The role of Palmyra palm trees (Borassus flabellifer) and sand fly distribution in northeastern India.},
  author={Richard M. Poch{\'e} and Rajesh B. Garlapati and Dia-eldin Elnaiem and Diana Perry and David M Poch{\'e}},
  journal={Journal of vector ecology : journal of the Society for Vector Ecology},
  year={2012},
  volume={37 1},
  pages={148-53}
}
Visceral leishmaniasis (VL), known as Kala-azar in India, is a parasite transmitted by the bite of the sand fly vector Phlebotomus argentipes. Published information on the species indicates it is a poor flyer, mainly hopping and gliding. This study describes the vector as more arboreal than previously documented. Data collected indicate the ability of P. argentipes and Sergentomyia spp to attain vertical heights in Palmyra palm trees Borassus flabellifer up to 18.4 m above ground level. To… CONTINUE READING
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