Urban forests as hubs for novel zoonosis: blood meal analysis, seasonal variation in Culicoides (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae) vectors, and avian haemosporidians.

@article{SantiagoAlarcon2013UrbanFA,
  title={Urban forests as hubs for novel zoonosis: blood meal analysis, seasonal variation in Culicoides (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae) vectors, and avian haemosporidians.},
  author={Diego Santiago-Alarcon and Peter Havelka and Eduardo Rojas Pineda and Gernot Segelbacher and Hinrich Martin Schaefer},
  journal={Parasitology},
  year={2013},
  volume={140 14},
  pages={1799-810}
}
Culicoides vectors can transmit a diverse array of parasites and are globally distributed. We studied feeding preferences and seasonal variation of Culicoides (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae) vectors in an urban forest of Germany to determine whether humans living nearby are readily exposed to vector-borne parasites from wild animals. We used a fragment of the mtDNA COI gene to identify hosts from blood meals. We amplified a fragment of the mtDNA cyt b to detect haemosporidian infections in… CONTINUE READING

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