Volume 90, Issue 6
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



An epidemiologic (cross-sectional study) survey on 462 inhabitants in Corail, Haiti showed that 16.5% were infected with . This finding was determined from a single 20-μL sample of finger prick blood from each person. Among children, < 2% had a detectable microfilaremia. In persons > 15 years of age, the prevalence of infection for males and females was 23% and 21%, respectively. In general, the microfilaremias were low and 70% of positive persons had < 10 microfilariae per 20 μL of blood; only 5% had > 50 microfilariae. This study shows that persons living near mangrove marshes that are breeding sites for and biting midges, which are recognized vectors of in Haiti, are consequently more frequently infected than those living in downtown area of Corail or inland.


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  • Received : 25 Oct 2013
  • Accepted : 03 Mar 2014
  • Published online : 04 Jun 2014

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