The Course of Natural and Induced Infections of Plasmodium floridense Thompson and Huff in Sceloporus Undulatus Undulatus (Latreille)

Melvin H. Goodwin Jr.Vector Control and Investigations Branch, Communicable Disease Center, Emory University Field Station, Atlanta, Georgia

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Tommy K. StapletonVector Control and Investigations Branch, Communicable Disease Center, Emory University Field Station, Atlanta, Georgia

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Summary

The following observations resulted from studies of natural and induced infections of Plasmodium floridense infections in Sceloporus undulatus undulatus.

  1. 1. No demonstrable increase in parasite density occurred if blood films were made daily. Frequent blood collections apparently depressed the peak of parasitemia.
  2. 2. Massive inoculum caused early death of experimental animals and, in this study, inoculated animals died during or soon after the acute rise of parasites.
  3. 3. No relapses were observed in naturally infected animals; decline and increase of parasite production was observed in a few instances.
  4. 4. Long patent periods were characteristic of the infections.

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