Volume 74, Issue 5
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


An entomologic search was carried out to collect intradomicile triatomines in dwellings from rural communities in the western border of the Panama Canal, Panama. Sixty-nine triatomines were collected inside 20 houses of 67 houses investigated. was the only triatomine species found and included adults of both sexes and nymphs. A significantly high (72.7%) and (40%) vector infection rate was detected. Blood meal analysis showed that 68% of had fed on humans. Human serologic analaysis and hemoculture performed on inhabitants from triatomine-infested houses showed that 32.1% (18 of 56) of the samples were trypanosome infected. Thirteen samples (23.2%) had antibodies against . Six of these seropositive samples were from children less than 15 years old. was isolated in five hemoculture samples, all from children less than 11 years old. The epidemiologic implications of these findings in terms of human infection are discussed.


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  • Received : 26 Aug 2005
  • Accepted : 11 Jan 2006

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