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Volume 93, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645

Abstract

Abstract.

Large parts of African and American countries are colonized by , a very common but poorly described filarial nematode. Bloodsucking flies of the genus are suspected to be the vector of , but no study in Senegal has confirmed that can transmit the parasite. Designed specific real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) can be used to identify microfilaria in stained blood smears. This study was performed in July and December 2010 in the southeastern Senegal, which is known to be endemic for . We analyzed 297 blood smears from febrile and afebrile resident people by qPCR. The global prevalence of was approximately 14.5% in both febrile and afebrile individuals. The age group of > 30 years had the highest prevalence (22.0%). No among 1,159 studied specimens was positive for and its vector in Senegal still requires identification.

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  • Received : 20 Jan 2015
  • Accepted : 06 Apr 2015

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