The Degree of Susceptibility and Levels of Infection in Ten Different Strains of Aedes polynesiensis Marks Infected with Subperiodic Brugia malayi and Brugia pahangi

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  • Laboratories of Medical Entomology, Department of Pathobiology, the Johns Hopkins University, School of Hygiene and Public Health, 615 N. Wolfe Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21205

Ten strains of Aedes polynesiensis were infected with subperiodic Brugia malayi and Brugia pahangi. Susceptibility to B. malayi ranged from 92.1–100%, and susceptibility to B. pahangi from 97.5–100%. Further analysis showed significant differences in the numbers of third-stage larvae both between parasites and between strains within parasites. Because of the high levels of susceptibility, it appears that Ae. polynesiensis provides an even better laboratory model for vector-parasite studies than the strains of Ae. aegypti currently used.