Volume 33, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



Between January 1981 and March 1982, a filariasis survey was conducted among 668 Haitian immigrants and 155 Southeast Asian refugees residing in Florida, U.S.A. Microfilariae were detected only in Haitians, with 6.7% positive for and 1.3% positive for . The majority of individuals with bancroftian filariasis came from five coastal urban areas including Port-au-Prince, Duvalierville, Gonaïves, Leógane and Cap-Haitien. No unequivocal signs of bancroftian filariasis or mansonellosis were seen. Membrane feeding of several species and strains of laboratory-reared mosquitoes on blood from a volunteer microfilaremic with showed that and , but not , were susceptible to infection with the Haitian strain of , a known vector of in Haiti and present in Florida, was not tested. Further studies are needed to determine the competence of Florida vectors for transmitting and to the indigenous human population.


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