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  1. Research

    A comprehensive evaluation of an ELISA for the diagnosis of the two most common ascarids in chickens using plasma or egg yolks

    Classical faecal egg counts (FEC) provide less reliable diagnostic information for nematode infections in chickens. We developed an ELISA based on Ascaridia galli antigens and tested two hypotheses, as follows: (...

    Gürbüz Daş, Mark Hennies, Birgit Sohnrey, Shayan Rahimian, Kalyakorn Wongrak, Manuel Stehr and Matthias Gauly

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:187

    Published on: 18 April 2017

  2. Research

    Leishmania major large RAB GTPase is highly immunogenic in individuals immune to cutaneous and visceral leishmaniasis

    We previously identified a Leishmania (L.) major large RAB GTPase (LmlRAB), a new atypical RAB GTPase protein. It is highly conserved in Leishmania species while displaying low level of homology with mammalian ho...

    Rym Chamakh-Ayari, Mehdi Chenik, Ahmed Sahbi Chakroun, Narges Bahi-Jaber, Karim Aoun and Amel Meddeb-Garnaoui

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:185

    Published on: 17 April 2017

  3. Review

    Prospects for malaria control through manipulation of mosquito larval habitats and olfactory-mediated behavioural responses using plant-derived compounds

    Malaria presents an overwhelming public health challenge, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa where vector favourable conditions and poverty prevail, potentiating the disease burden. Behavioural variability of ...

    Jackson M. Muema, Joel L. Bargul, Sospeter N. Njeru, Joab O. Onyango and Susan S. Imbahale

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:184

    Published on: 17 April 2017

  4. Research

    Eurasian golden jackal as host of canine vector-borne protists

    Jackals are medium-sized canids from the wolf-like clade, exhibiting a unique combination of ancestral morphotypes, broad trophic niches, and close phylogenetic relationships with the wolf and dog. Thus, they ...

    Barbora Mitková, Kristýna Hrazdilová, Gianluca D’Amico, Georg Gerhard Duscher, Franz Suchentrunk, Pavel Forejtek, Călin Mircea Gherman, Ioana Adriana Matei, Angela Monica Ionică, Aikaterini Alexandra Daskalaki, Andrei Daniel Mihalca, Jan Votýpka, Pavel Hulva and David Modrý

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:183

    Published on: 14 April 2017

  5. Short report

    Triatoma vitticeps subcomplex (Hemiptera, Reduviidae, Triatominae): a new grouping of Chagas disease vectors from South America

    Triatomines have been grouped into complexes and subcomplexes based largely on morphological and geographical distribution. Although these groupings are not formally recognised as taxonomic ranks, they are lik...

    Kaio Cesar Chaboli Alevi, Jader de Oliveira, Maria Tercília Vilela de Azeredo-Oliveira and João Aristeu da Rosa

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:180

    Published on: 13 April 2017

  6. Research

    Trypanosoma vivax is the second leading cause of camel trypanosomosis in Sudan after Trypanosoma evansi

    This study was conducted in response to recurring reports from eastern Sudan of camel trypanosomosis that can no longer be treated by currently available trypanocidal drugs. One hundred and eighty-nine blood s...

    Ehab Mossaad, Bashir Salim, Keisuke Suganuma, Peter Musinguzi, Mohammed A. Hassan, E. A. Elamin, G. E. Mohammed, Amel O. Bakhiet, Xuenan Xuan, Rawan A. Satti and Noboru Inoue

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:176

    Published on: 13 April 2017

  7. Research

    Human-landing rate, gonotrophic cycle length, survivorship, and public health importance of Simulium erythrocephalum in Zaragoza, northeastern Spain

    Simulium (Boophthora) erythrocephalum (De Geer, 1776) is one of the blackfly species responsible for major public health problems in Europe. Blackfly outbreaks of this species are beco...

    Ignacio Ruiz-Arrondo, Javier A. Garza-Hernández, Filiberto Reyes-Villanueva, Javier Lucientes-Curdi and Mario A. Rodríguez-Pérez

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:175

    Published on: 8 April 2017

  8. Research

    Subtyping of Blastocystis sp. isolated from symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals in Makkah, Saudi Arabia

    Blastocystis is a group of cosmopolitan gastrointestinal parasite of humans and a wide variety of animals. These anaerobic protozoans include more than 17 specific small-subunit riboso...

    Raafat T. Mohamed, Mohammed A. El-Bali, Anhar A. Mohamed, Mona A. Abdel-Fatah, Mohamed A. EL-Malky, Nawras M. Mowafy, Dina A. Zaghlool, Rowaida A. Bakri and Saeed A. Al-Harthi

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:174

    Published on: 7 April 2017

  9. Research

    Mesocarnivores and macroparasites: altitude and land use predict the ticks occurring on red foxes (Vulpes vulpes)

    The red fox Vulpes vulpes is the most common mesocarnivore in Europe and with a wide geographical distribution and a high density in most terrestrial habitats of the continent. It is fast urbanising species, whic...

    Attila D. Sándor, Gianluca D’Amico, Călin M. Gherman, Mirabela O. Dumitrache, Cristian Domșa and Andrei Daniel Mihalca

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:173

    Published on: 5 April 2017

  10. Review

    Loa loa vectors Chrysops spp.: perspectives on research, distribution, bionomics, and implications for elimination of lymphatic filariasis and onchocerciasis

    Loiasis is a filarial disease caused Loa loa. The main vectors are Chrysops silacea and C. dimidiata which are confined to the tropical rainforests of Central and West Africa. Loiasis is a mild disease, but indiv...

    Louise Kelly-Hope, Rossely Paulo, Brent Thomas, Miguel Brito, Thomas R. Unnasch and David Molyneux

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:172

    Published on: 5 April 2017

  11. Research

    The first isolation and molecular characterization of Toxoplasma gondii from horses in Serbia

    Consumption of undercooked or insufficiently cured meat is a major risk factor for human infection with Toxoplasma gondii. Although horsemeat is typically consumed rare or undercooked, information on the risk of

    Ivana Klun, Aleksandra Uzelac, Isabelle Villena, Aurélien Mercier, Branko Bobić, Aleksandra Nikolić, Irena Rajnpreht, Marieke Opsteegh, Dominique Aubert, Radu Blaga, Joke van der Giessen and Olgica Djurković-Djaković

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:167

    Published on: 4 April 2017

  12. Research

    Suppression of Laccase 2 severely impairs cuticle tanning and pathogen resistance during the pupal metamorphosis of Anopheles sinensis (Diptera: Culicidae)

    Phenol oxidases (POs) catalyze the oxidation of dopa and dopamine to melanin, which is crucial for cuticle formation and innate immune maintenance in insects. Although, Laccase 2, a member of the PO family, ha...

    Ming-Hui Du, Zheng-Wen Yan, You-Jin Hao, Zhen-Tian Yan, Feng-Ling Si, Bin Chen and Liang Qiao

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:171

    Published on: 4 April 2017

  13. Research

    The prevalence and impact of Babesia canis and Theileria sp. in free-ranging grey wolf (Canis lupus) populations in Croatia

    Babesia spp. and Theileria spp. are important emerging causes of disease in dogs. Alongside these domesticated hosts, there is increasing recognition that these piroplasms can also be ...

    Ana Beck, Doroteja Huber, Adam Polkinghorne, Andrea Gudan Kurilj, Valerija Benko, Vladimir Mrljak, Slaven Reljić, Josip Kusak, Irena Reil and Relja Beck

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:168

    Published on: 4 April 2017

  14. Research

    Picky eaters are rare: DNA-based blood meal analysis of Culicoides (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae) species from the United States

    Biting midges in the genus Culicoides (Diptera; Ceratopogonidae) have been implicated in the transmission of a number of parasites and highly pathogenic viruses. In North America, the complete transmission cycles...

    Matthew W. Hopken, Bonnie M. Ryan, Kathryn P. Huyvaert and Antoinette J. Piaggio

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:169

    Published on: 4 April 2017

  15. Research

    Effects of socio-demographic characteristics and household water management on Aedes aegypti production in suburban and rural villages in Laos and Thailand

    Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne disease accounting for 50–100 million annual cases globally. Laos and Thailand are countries in south-east Asia where the disease is endemic in both urban and rural areas. Hous...

    Nanthasane Vannavong, Razak Seidu, Thor-Axel Stenström, Nsa Dada and Hans J Overgaard

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:170

    Published on: 4 April 2017

  16. Research

    Insecticide resistance in malaria vectors along the Thailand-Myanmar border

    There is a paucity of data about the susceptibility status of malaria vectors to Public Health insecticides along the Thailand-Myanmar border. This lack of data is a limitation to guide malaria vector-control ...

    Victor Chaumeau, Dominique Cerqueira, John Zadrozny, Praphan Kittiphanakun, Chiara Andolina, Theeraphap Chareonviriyaphap, François Nosten and Vincent Corbel

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:165

    Published on: 31 March 2017

  17. 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

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