A Simple Method of Tracking Mammals and Locating Triatomine Vectors of Trypanosoma Cruzi in Amazonian Forest

Michael A. MilesLondon School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Keppel Street, London WC1E 7HT, England

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A simple method of tracking mammals from capture points to their refuges was developed to study Trypanosoma cruzi reservoir-vector associations in Belém forest. A device containing a spool of fine line was carried by released mammals so that the line unwound under minimum tension as the animal proceeded and could be followed the day after release. Twenty-three triatomine bugs of five species were found with 3 of 15 mammals retrieved.

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Supported by the Wellcome Trust.

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