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  1. Short report

    Potential of Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus populations in the Central African Republic to transmit enzootic chikungunya virus strains

    Major chikungunya outbreaks have affected several Central African countries during the past decade. The chikungunya virus (CHIKV) was isolated from humans and sylvan mosquitoes in the Central African Republic ...

    Carine Ngoagouni, Basile Kamgang, Mirdad Kazanji, Christophe Paupy and Emmanuel Nakouné

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:164

    Published on: 27 March 2017

  2. Research

    Mechanistic model for predicting the seasonal abundance of Culicoides biting midges and the impacts of insecticide control

    Understanding seasonal patterns of abundance of insect vectors is important for optimisation of control strategies of vector-borne diseases. Environmental drivers such as temperature, humidity and photoperiod ...

    Steven M. White, Christopher J. Sanders, Christopher R. Shortall and Bethan V. Purse

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:162

    Published on: 27 March 2017

  3. Research

    Blood-feeding patterns of native mosquitoes and insights into their potential role as pathogen vectors in the Thames estuary region of the United Kingdom

    The range of vertebrate hosts on which species of mosquito blood-feed is an important parameter for identifying potential vectors and in assessing the risk of incursion and establishment of vector-borne pathog...

    V. A. Brugman, L. M. Hernández-Triana, M. E. England, J. M. Medlock, P. P. C. Mertens, J. G. Logan, A. J. Wilson, A. R. Fooks, N. Johnson and S. Carpenter

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:163

    Published on: 27 March 2017

  4. Research

    Combined target site (kdr) mutations play a primary role in highly pyrethroid resistant phenotypes of Aedes aegypti from Saudi Arabia

    Pyrethroid resistance is a threat to effective vector control of Aedes aegypti, the vector of dengue, Zika and other arboviruses, but there are many major knowledge gaps on the mechanisms of resistance. In Jeddah...

    Ashwaq M. Al Nazawi, Jabir Aqili, Mohammed Alzahrani, Philip J. McCall and David Weetman

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:161

    Published on: 27 March 2017

  5. Letter to the Editor

    The conclusion of a comparative efficacy study of fluralaner and sarolaner against the tick Amblyomma americanum on dogs is based on results obtained at study times that are outside the fluralaner label recommendations

    The only fluralaner-related conclusion presented in a study comparing the efficacy of fluralaner and sarolaner for control of the tick Amblyomma americanum on dogs is based on study times that are outside the lab...

    Rob Armstrong

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:159

    Published on: 24 March 2017

  6. Research

    Molecular evidence of Rickettsia spp. in ixodid ticks and rodents in suburban, natural and rural habitats in Slovakia

    Natural foci of tick-borne spotted fever group (SFG) rickettsiae of public health concern have been found in Slovakia, but the role of rodents in their circulation is unclear. Ticks (Ixodes ricinus, Ixodes triang...

    Lenka Minichová, Zuzana Hamšíková, Lenka Mahríková, Mirko Slovák, Elena Kocianová, Mária Kazimírová, Ľudovít Škultéty, Katarína Štefanidesová and Eva Špitalská

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:158

    Published on: 24 March 2017

  7. Research

    Species-specific ecological niche modelling predicts different range contractions for Lutzomyia intermedia and a related vector of Leishmania braziliensis following climate change in South America

    Before 1996 the phlebotomine sand fly Lutzomyia neivai was usually treated as a synonym of the morphologically similar Lutzomyia intermedia, which has long been considered a vector of Leishmania braziliensis, the...

    Shannon McIntyre, Elizabeth F. Rangel, Paul D. Ready and Bruno M. Carvalho

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:157

    Published on: 24 March 2017

  8. Short report

    Canine tick-borne diseases in pet dogs from Romania

    Tick-borne diseases are of substantial concern worldwide for animals as well as humans. Dogs have been a human companion for millennia, and their significant impact on human life renders disease in dogs to be ...

    Martin O. Andersson, Conny Tolf, Paula Tamba, Mircea Stefanache, Jonas Waldenström, Gerhard Dobler and Lidia Chițimia-Dobler

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:155

    Published on: 23 March 2017

  9. Letter to the Editor

    Skin snips have no role in programmatic evaluations for onchocerciasis elimination: a reply to Bottomley et al.

    A critique of the recommendation that skin snips be used for post-MDA surveillance of formerly endemic onchocerciasis areas is provided. After considering several fundamental aspects of the use of this methodo...

    Mark L. Eberhard, Ed W. Cupp, Charles R. Katholi, Frank O. Richards and Thomas R. Unnasch

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:154

    Published on: 23 March 2017

  10. Research

    A new method for in vitro feeding of Rhipicephalus australis (formerly Rhipicephalus microplus) larvae: a valuable tool for tick vaccine development

    Rhipicephalus microplus is a hard tick that has a major impact on cattle health in tropical and subtropical regions because it feeds on cattle and is implicated in the transmission of ...

    Jos J. A. Trentelman, Jos A. G. M. Kleuskens, Jos van de Crommert and Theo P. M. Schetters

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:153

    Published on: 23 March 2017

  11. Research

    A new paradigm for Aedes spp. surveillance using gravid ovipositing sticky trap and NS1 antigen test kit

    Dengue remains a serious public health problem in Southeast Asia and has increased 37-fold in Malaysia compared to decades ago. New strategies are urgently needed for early detection and control of dengue epid...

    Sai Ming Lau, Tock H. Chua, Wan-Yussof Sulaiman, Sylvia Joanne, Yvonne Ai-Lian Lim, Shamala Devi Sekaran, Karuthan Chinna, Balan Venugopalan and Indra Vythilingam

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:151

    Published on: 21 March 2017

  12. Research

    Co-circulation of West Nile virus and distinct insect-specific flaviviruses in Turkey

    Active vector surveillance provides an efficient tool for monitoring the presence or spread of emerging or re-emerging vector-borne viruses. This study was undertaken to investigate the circulation of flavivir...

    Koray Ergünay, Nadine Litzba, Annika Brinkmann, Filiz Günay, Yasemen Sarıkaya, Sırrı Kar, Serra Örsten, Kerem Öter, Cristina Domingo, Özge Erisoz Kasap, Aykut Özkul, Luke Mitchell, Andreas Nitsche, Bülent Alten and Yvonne-Marie Linton

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:149

    Published on: 20 March 2017

  13. Research

    Secreted phospholipase A2 of Clonorchis sinensis activates hepatic stellate cells through a pathway involving JNK signalling

    Secreted phospholipase A2 (sPLA2) is a protein secreted by Clonorchis sinensis and is a component of excretory and secretory products (CsESPs). Phospholipase A2 is well known for its role in liver fibrosis and in...

    Yinjuan Wu, Ye Li, Mei Shang, Yu Jian, Caiqin Wang, Adham Sameer A. Bardeesi, Zhaolei Li, Tingjin Chen, Lu Zhao, Lina Zhou, Ai He, Yan Huang, Zhiyue Lv, Xinbing Yu and Xuerong Li

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:147

    Published on: 16 March 2017

  14. Research

    Mapping the spatial distribution of the Japanese encephalitis vector, Culex tritaeniorhynchus Giles, 1901 (Diptera: Culicidae) within areas of Japanese encephalitis risk

    Japanese encephalitis (JE) is one of the most significant aetiological agents of viral encephalitis in Asia. This medically important arbovirus is primarily spread from vertebrate hosts to humans by the mosqui...

    Joshua Longbottom, Annie J. Browne, David M. Pigott, Marianne E. Sinka, Nick Golding, Simon I. Hay, Catherine L. Moyes and Freya M. Shearer

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:148

    Published on: 16 March 2017

  15. Research

    Immune recognition of salivary proteins from the cattle tick Rhipicephalus microplus differs according to the genotype of the bovine host

    Males of the cattle tick Rhipicephalus microplus produce salivary immunoglobulin-binding proteins and allotypic variations in IgG are associated with tick loads in bovines. These findings indicate that antibody r...

    Gustavo Rocha Garcia, Sandra Regina Maruyama, Kristina T. Nelson, José Marcos Chaves Ribeiro, Luiz Gustavo Gardinassi, Antonio Augusto Mendes Maia, Beatriz Rossetti Ferreira, Frans N. J. Kooyman and Isabel K. F. de Miranda Santos

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:144

    Published on: 14 March 2017

  16. Research

    Genetic characterization of Rhipicephalus sanguineus (sensu lato) ticks from dogs in Portugal

    The taxonomic status of the brown dog tick Rhipicephalus sanguineus (sensu stricto) is a subject of on-going debate; there is a consensus that populations of this tick species should be referred to as R. sanguine...

    Filipe Dantas-Torres, Carla Maia, Maria Stefania Latrofa, Giada Annoscia, Luís Cardoso and Domenico Otranto

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:133

    Published on: 13 March 2017

  17. Short report

    Prevalence and molecular characterization of canine and feline hemotropic mycoplasmas (hemoplasmas) in northern Italy

    Hemotropic mycoplasmas (hemoplasmas), the agents of infectious anemia, have been reported in dogs and cats. Little data are available on hemoplasma infections in Italy. The aim of this study was to evaluate th...

    Silvia Ravagnan, Erika Carli, Eleonora Piseddu, Graziana Da Rold, Elena Porcellato, Claudia Zanardello, Antonio Carminato, Marta Vascellari and Gioia Capelli

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:132

    Published on: 13 March 2017

  18. Short report

    Histological and parasitological distinctive findings in clinically-lesioned and normal-looking skin of dogs with different clinical stages of leishmaniosis

    Normal-looking skin of dogs with leishmaniosis frequently shows microscopic lesions along with the presence of Leishmania amastigotes. However, histological lesions with or without detection of amastigotes might ...

    Laura Ordeix, Annabel Dalmau, Montsant Osso, Joan Llull, Sara Montserrat-Sangrà and Laia Solano-Gallego

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:121

    Published on: 13 March 2017

  19. Short report

    Dirofilaria immitis in pinnipeds and a new host record

    Dirofilaria immitis is a mosquito-borne pathogen that is spreading worldwide, and the associated infection (i.e. dirofilariosis) is becoming a threat to animals and humans living in en...

    Ana Margarida Alho, Inês Marcelino, Vito Colella, Carla Flanagan, Nuno Silva, Jorge Jesus Correia, Maria Stefania Latrofa, Domenico Otranto and Luís Madeira de Carvalho

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:142

    Published on: 13 March 2017

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