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Table 1 Infectiousness of BALB/c mice for Phlebotomus orientalis feeding on inoculated ears: first series of xenodiagnoses

From: Xenodiagnosis of Leishmania donovani in BALB/c mice using Phlebotomus orientalis: a new laboratory model

Mouse No. #1 and #2* #3 and #4 #5 and #6 #7 and #8 #9 and #10 Total
Weeks p.i. No fed females No (%) positive No fed females No (%) positive No fed females No (%) positive No fed females No (%) positive No fed females No (%) positive No fed females No (%) positive
2 7 0 (0) 7 1 (14.3) 11 2 (18.2) 8 2 (25.0) 0 - 33 5 (15.2)
4 0 - 14 1 (7.1) 17 4 (23.5) 20 5 (25.0) 20 3 (15.0) 71 13 (18.3)
6 58 11 (19.0) 69 12 (17.4) 30 6 (20.0) 37 8 (21.6) 30 8 (26.7) 224 45 (20.1)
8 15 3 (20.0) 14 5 (35.7) 39 6 (15.4) 13 3 (23.1) 21 6 (28.6) 102 23 (22.5)
Total 80 14 (17.5) 104 19 (18.3) 97 18 (18.6) 78 18 (23.1) 71 17 (23.9) 430 86 (20.0)
  1. Sand flies were dissected and checked under a light microscope 8 days post feeding on the mouse ear (site of L. donovani inoculation).
  2. p.i., post infection; *, two BALB/c mice were exposed to sand flies in one cage.