Volume 29, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



and microfilariae from gerbil intraperitoneal infections were inoculated into the thorax of male and female and developed into third-stage larvae as early as 11 days. In a comparative study with fed on microfilaremic gerbils, third-stage larvae were found at 10 days. Some third-stage larvae of inoculated into gerbils developed to advanced stages. Third-stage larvae of were recovered in low numbers from and inoculated with microfilariae recovered from human blood by membrane filtration. Development of all filarial species was similar in both male and female mosquitoes. species are plant feeders and therefore reduce the hazards of laboratory transmission of pathogenic agents. Because of their large size, manipulations with this mosquito species are easy and the size allows for a larger inoculum to be used. This group of mosquitoes should develop into useful laboratory vectors for the transmission of arthropod-borne diseases.


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