Incidence of Trypanosoma Cruzi, Chagas, in Triatoma (Hemiptera, Reduviidae) in Texas

Summary

In Texas 286 of 859 (33.3 per cent) specimens of the genus Triatoma were found naturally infected with Trypanosoma cruzi. The species of Triatoma which were examined included: T. gerstaeckeri, T. lecticularius, T. protracta, T. Sanguisuga, T. neotomae and T. rubida. One or more individuals of each of these 6 species were found to be carriers of the trypanosome.

Author Notes

Bacteriologist, Bureau of Laboratories, Texas State Dept. of Health, Austin, Texas.

Entomologist, Engr. Sec. 4th Army, Ft. Sam Houston, Texas. (formerly Texas State Department of Health).

Entomologist, Bureau of Laboratories, Texas State Dept. of Health, Austin, Texas.

Surgeon, U. S. Public Health Service, Nat'l. Insts. of Health, Bethesda, Md.

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