Culicoides Variipennis, A Laboratory Vector for the Amazon Form of Mansonella Ozzardi

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  • International Collaboration in Infectious Diseases Research (ICIDR) Program, Tulane University Medical Center, Delta Regional Primate Research Center, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana 70112
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The colonized midge, Culicoides variipennis, is shown to be a competent laboratory host for the Amazon form of Mansonella ozzardi. It raises the possibility that certain Culicoides spp. in the Amazon region may support development of the parasite and possibly play a role in the natural transmission cycle.