Volume 28, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



The host selection patterns of 18 species of Pakistan mosquitoes are described, emphasizing the presumed malaria vectors, , and , and the probable vectors of West Nile virus, and . All species tested, with the exception of , were considered to be essentially zoophilic. Few human feeds were recorded for (0.7%), (0.5%), (1.1%), (14.3%), and (2.8%), while (37.6%) commonly fed on man. No human positive feeds were recorded for . Temporal or spatial changes in host selection patterns were not discerned with the exception of , whose feeding patterns varied opportunistically with host availability. females collected from houses fed more commonly on man than those resting in cattle sheds or in agricultural fields. resting in cattle sheds during winter fed mostly on birds and bovids, changing to man and bovids during the spring and then to man and birds during summer. The relationships between these results and vector-borne disease transmission in Pakistan are discussed.


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