publication . Article . 1992

Effect of Plasmodium falciparum on blood feeding behavior of naturally infected Anopheles mosquitoes in western Kenya.

Joseph W. Wekesa; Richard W. Mwangi; Robert S. Copeland;
  • Published: 01 Oct 1992 Journal: The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, volume 47, pages 484-488 (issn: 0002-9637, eissn: 1476-1645, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Abstract Feeding behavior was compared between infected and uninfected field-collected groups of Anopheles gambiae sensu lato and An. funestus from western Kenya. A significantly greater percentage (81%) of Plasmodium falciparum-infected An. gambiae s.l. females probed on experimental hosts (hamsters) than did uninfected females (38%). Among those females that initiated probing, there was no effect of infection status on the ability to take a bloodmeal. Plasmodium falciparum-infected An. gambiae s.l. probed more often (mean = 4.0) and for a longer time (mean = 277 sec) than did their uninfected counterparts (mean = 2.4 probes and mean probing time = 214 sec). Re...
Medical Subject Headings: parasitic diseases
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