Volume 96, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



Corumbá city is one of the oldest visceral leishmaniasis–endemic foci in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil, where the transmission of has been attributed to . Aiming at investigating the parameters of the vectorial capacity of for , a project was undertaken in this city. Among these parameters, vector competence was investigated and the results obtained are reported herein. Of the 12 hamsters exposed to feed wild-caught female sandflies, two developed infection with and surprisingly, one with . In addition, hamsters with infection were bitten only by females of , whereas the hamster infected with was bitten by 124 females and one of . Although there is a strong suspicion regarding the competence of in transmitting naturally, it was not demonstrated.


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  • Received : 09 Mar 2016
  • Accepted : 04 Jul 2016
  • Published online : 14 Nov 2016

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