Volume 28, Issue 4
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



A infection in rhesus terminated by curative drug therapy and followed by a infection greatly increases the gametocyte infectivity of the latter species. Mosquitoes feeding on these rhesus show a 3-fold increase in oocyst number and a high percentage of mosquitoes become positive for the infection. Over a 10-day feeding schedule, mosquitoes which fed on experimental rhesus with previous exposure to produced a mean oocyst count of 43.1 as compared to an oocyst count of 14.1 for mosquitoes feeding on control animals, with no prior exposure to . An average of 83.6% of mosquitoes fed on experimental rhesus developed oocysts, while 53.3% of mosquitoes fed on control rhesus became positive after the blood meal. Daily average gametocytemias were low and varied only slightly between control and experimental animals, as did average daily parasitemias of both groups of rhesus. The time interval between the two malarial infections did not appear to be critical, at least not within the period from 4–20 weeks used in the present experiments. Results of in vitro feeding of mosquitoes on -infected blood through a baudruche membrane confirmed and extended those obtained from mosquitoes fed directly on rhesus.


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