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  1. Content type: Research

    Bartonella spp. cause persistent bacterial infections in mammals. Although these bacteria are transmitted by blood-feeding arthropods, there is also evidence for vertical transmission in their mammalian hosts. We...

    Authors: Katarzyna Tołkacz, Mohammed Alsarraf, Maciej Kowalec, Dorota Dwużnik, Maciej Grzybek, Jerzy M. Behnke and Anna Bajer

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2018 11:491

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    Yellow fever virus is a mosquito-borne flavivirus that persists in an enzoonotic cycle in non-human primates (NHPs) in Brazil, causing disease in humans through spillover events. Yellow fever (YF) re-emerged i...

    Authors: RajReni B. Kaul, Michelle V. Evans, Courtney C. Murdock and John M. Drake

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2018 11:488

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    It is assumed that mosquitoes surviving exposure to spatial repellents when attempting to bite a host will not have significant adverse impacts on their downstream biology. Therefore, a critical knowledge gap ...

    Authors: Christopher S. Bibbs, Daniel A. Hahn, Phillip E. Kaufman and Rui-de Xue

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2018 11:486

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  4. Content type: Research

    Tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) is one tick-transmitted disease where the human incidence has increased in some European regions during the last two decades. We aim to find the most important factors causing the...

    Authors: Thomas G. T. Jaenson, Erik H. Petersson, David G. E. Jaenson, Jonas Kindberg, John H.-O. Pettersson, Marika Hjertqvist, Jolyon M. Medlock and Hans Bengtsson

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2018 11:477

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  5. Content type: Research

    Bats are among the most widely distributed mammals worldwide and can represent hosts or reservoirs for a number of different pathogens. Bartonella spp. are opportunistic bacterial pathogens, which are transmitted...

    Authors: Alexandra Corduneanu, Attila D. Sándor, Angela Monica Ionică, Sándor Hornok, Natascha Leitner, Zoltán Bagó, Katharina Stefke, Hans-Peter Fuehrer and Andrei Daniel Mihalca

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2018 11:489

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  6. Content type: Research

    Cryptosporidium is a key genus of parasitic protists that infect humans and other vertebrates (mammals and birds). Birds are typically infected with C. avium, C. baileyi, C. galli and/or C. meleagridis, the latte...

    Authors: Cong Liao, Tao Wang, Anson V. Koehler, Yingying Fan, Min Hu and Robin B. Gasser

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2018 11:484

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  7. Content type: Research

    Understanding the variation in vector-borne disease transmission intensity across time and space relies on a thorough understanding of the impact of environmental factors on vectorial capacity traits of mosqui...

    Authors: Antoine M. G. Barreaux, Chris M. Stone, Priscille Barreaux and Jacob C. Koella

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2018 11:485

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  8. Content type: Research

    From three days following host attachment, the Australian paralysis tick, Ixodes holocyclus, secretes a neurotoxin that annually causes paralysis in approximately 10,000 domestic pets. Lotilaner, a novel isoxazol...

    Authors: Kim Baker, Claudia Ellenberger, Martin Murphy, Daniela Cavalleri, Wolfgang Seewald, Jason Drake, Steve Nanchen and Kristina Hacket

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2018 11:487

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  9. Content type: Research

    Human landing catch (HLC) is the most efficient method for Aedes monitoring, but it is not ethical due to its high risk of human exposure to pathogens. We designed trials to assess the performance of an alternati...

    Authors: Qiang Gao, Fei Wang, Xihong Lv, Hui Cao, Jianjun Zhou, Fei Su, Chenglong Xiong and Peien Leng

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2018 11:483

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  10. Content type: Research

    Current strategies to control mosquito-transmitted infections use insecticides targeted at various stages of the mosquito life-cycle. Control is increasingly compromised by the evolution of insecticide resista...

    Authors: Susana Barbosa, Katherine Kay, Nakul Chitnis and Ian M. Hastings

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2018 11:482

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  11. Content type: Research

    Schistosoma haematobium infection in endemic areas varies depending on the nature and complexity of the transmission networks present. Studies of micro-geographical transmission of S. haematobium infection indica...

    Authors: Teckla Angelo, Joram Buza, Safari Methusela Kinung’hi, Henry Curtis Kariuki, Joseph Rogathe Mwanga, David Zadock Munisi and Shona Wilson

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2018 11:481

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  12. Content type: Research

    Chagas disease is caused by Trypanosoma cruzi, a parasite endemic to Latin America. Most infections occur in children by vector or congenital transmission. Trypanosoma cruzi establishes a complexity of specific m...

    Authors: Christian Castillo, Ileana Carrillo, Gabriela Libisch, Natalia Juiz, Alejandro Schijman, Carlos Robello and Ulrike Kemmerling

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2018 11:479

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  13. Content type: Research

    Comprehensive understanding of risk factors related to socio-economic and demographic status and knowledge, attitudes and practices (KAP) of local communities play a key role in the design and implementation o...

    Authors: Lahiru Udayanga, Nayana Gunathilaka, Mohamed Cassim Mohamed Iqbal, Kosala Lakmal, Upali S. Amarasinghe and Wimaladharma Abeyewickreme

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2018 11:478

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  14. Content type: Research

    Bovine babesiosis is caused by apicomplexan pathogens of the genus Babesia such as B. bigemina and B. bovis. These tick-borne pathogens have a complex life-cycle involving asexual multiplication in vertebrate hos...

    Authors: Gamila A. R. Bohaliga, Wendell C. Johnson, Naomi S. Taus, Hala E. Hussein, Reginaldo G. Bastos, Carlos E. Suarez, Roberta O’Connor and Massaro W. Ueti

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2018 11:480

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  15. Content type: Research

    The sucking louse fauna of endemic Australian rodents has been under-studied for decades. Sixty-five species of native rodents have been recorded in Australia. However, only 11 species of lice have been report...

    Authors: Wei Wang, Haylee J. Weaver, Fan Song, Lance A. Durden and Renfu Shao

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2018 11:476

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  16. Content type: Review

    Increasing drug resistance in gastrointestinal (GI) parasites of livestock and concerns about chemical residues in animal products and the environment are driving the development of alternative control strateg...

    Authors: Miguel Peña-Espinoza, Angela H. Valente, Stig M. Thamsborg, Henrik T. Simonsen, Ulrik Boas, Heidi L. Enemark, Rodrigo López-Muñoz and Andrew R. Williams

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2018 11:475

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  17. Content type: Research

    Gasterophilus species are widely distributed around the world. The larvae of these flies parasitize the digestive tract of equids and cause damage, hindering horse breeding and protection of endangered species. H...

    Authors: Boru Zhang, Heqing Huang, Haoyu Wang, Dong Zhang, Hongjun Chu, Xinping Ma, Yan Ge, Make Ente and Kai Li

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2018 11:474

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  18. Content type: Research

    Culicoides biting midges (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae) are responsible for the biological transmission of arboviruses of international importance between ruminant livestock. These arboviruses include bluetongue viru...

    Authors: Andrew Hope, Simon Gubbins, Christopher Sanders, James Barber, Francesca Stubbins, Matthew Baylis and Simon Carpenter

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2018 11:473

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  19. Content type: Research

    Following the emergence of Schmallenberg virus (SBV) in Ireland in 2012, a sentinel herd surveillance program was established in the south of Ireland with the primary aim of investigating the species compositi...

    Authors: Áine B. Collins, John F. Mee, Michael L. Doherty, Damien J. Barrett and Marion E. England

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2018 11:472

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  20. Content type: Research

    Mosquitoes are armed with physiologically active compounds to suppress the host immunity including host inflammatory reaction. However, the specific anti-inflammatory components in mosquitoes remain unknown.

    Authors: Lin Wei, Yang Yang, Yandong Zhou, Min Li, Hailong Yang, Lixian Mu, Qian Qian, Jing Wu and Wei Xu

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2018 11:470

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  21. Content type: Research

    Microbial communities that inhabit the mosquito body play an import role in host biology and may have potential for mosquito control. However, the forces that shape these microbial communities are poorly under...

    Authors: Ephantus J. Muturi, Doris Lagos-Kutz, Christopher Dunlap, Jose L. Ramirez, Alejandro P. Rooney, Glen L. Hartman, Christopher J. Fields, Gloria Rendon and Chang-Hyun Kim

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2018 11:468

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  22. Content type: Research

    Many tick species have great morphological similarity and are thus grouped into species complexes. Molecular methods are therefore useful in the classification and identification of ticks. However, little is k...

    Authors: Lan-Hua Li, Yi Zhang, Jia-Zhi Wang, Xi-Shang Li, Shou-Qin Yin, Dan Zhu, Jing-Bo Xue and Sheng-Guo Li

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2018 11:469

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  23. Content type: Research

    The epidemiological profiles of vector-borne diseases, such as malaria, are strongly associated with landscape components. The reduction of malaria burden in endemic and epidemic regions mainly depends on know...

    Authors: Nathalie Amvongo-Adjia, Emmanuela L. Wirsiy, Jacob M. Riveron, Winston P. Chounna Ndongmo, Peter A. Enyong, Flobert Njiokou, Charles S. Wondji and Samuel Wanji

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2018 11:471

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  24. Content type: Research

    Bluetongue disease, caused by bluetongue virus serotype 8 (BTV-8), appeared for the first time in the northern part of Europe in 2006, and subsequently rapidly spread causing severe economic losses to the farm...

    Authors: Anca Ioana Paslaru, Alexander Mathis, Paul Torgerson and Eva Veronesi

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2018 11:466

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  25. Content type: Research

    Increased use of long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) over the last decade has considerably improved the control of malaria in sub-Saharan Africa. However, there is still a paucity of data on the influence o...

    Authors: Roland Bamou, Lili Ranaise Mbakop, Edmond Kopya, Cyrille Ndo, Parfait Awono-Ambene, Timoleon Tchuinkam, Martin Kibet Rono, Joseph Mwangangi and Christophe Antonio-Nkondjio

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2018 11:464

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  26. Content type: Research

    Spatial modelling studies of schistosomiasis (SCH) are now commonplace. Covariate values are commonly extracted at survey locations, where infection does not always take place, resulting in an unknown position...

    Authors: Andrea L. Araujo Navas, Ricardo J. Soares Magalhães, Frank Osei, Raffy Jay C. Fornillos, Lydia R. Leonardo and Alfred Stein

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2018 11:465

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  27. Content type: Research

    The prime significance of species belonging to the genus Culicoides Latreille, 1809 (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae) is their ability to transmit viruses such as bluetongue virus (BTV) to wild and domestic ruminants. P...

    Authors: Dubravka Pudar, Dušan Petrić, Xavier Allène, Bulent Alten, Nazlı Ayhan, Aleksandar Cvetkovikj, Claire Garros, Teufik Goletić, Filiz Gunay, Kristyna Hlavackova, Aleksandra Ignjatović Ćupina, Mihaela Kavran, Tereza Lestinova, Bruno Mathieu, Ognyan Mikov, Igor Pajović…

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2018 11:462

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  28. Content type: Review

    Mosquito-borne diseases cause major human diseases in almost every part of the world. In West Africa, and notably in Mali, vector control measures help reduce the impact of mosquito-borne diseases, although ma...

    Authors: Fatalmoudou Tandina, Ogobara Doumbo, Alpha Seydou Yaro, Sékou F. Traoré, Philippe Parola and Vincent Robert

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2018 11:467

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  29. Content type: Research

    Blackflies have negative impact on public and animal health due to the haematophagous habit of females. In recent times, in some regions in Spain, blackfly outbreaks are becoming more and more frequent, threat...

    Authors: Ignacio Ruiz-Arrondo, Luis M. Hernández-Triana, Aleksandra Ignjatović-Ćupina, Nadya Nikolova, Javier Alfonso Garza-Hernández, Mario Alberto Rodríguez-Pérez, José A. Oteo, Anthony R. Fooks and Javier Lucientes Curdi

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2018 11:463

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  30. Content type: Research

    Haemaphysalis longicornis is a tick of importance to health, as it serves as a vector of several pathogens, including Theileria orientalis, Babesia ovata, Rickettsia japonica and the severe fever with thrombocyto...

    Authors: Emmanuel Pacia Hernandez, Kodai Kusakisako, Melbourne Rio Talactac, Remil Linggatong Galay, Takeshi Hatta, Kozo Fujisaki, Naotoshi Tsuji and Tetsuya Tanaka

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2018 11:460

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  31. Content type: Research

    Due to climate change, the geographical distribution of sand flies during the last decades has shifted northward from latitudes below 45°N in southern Europe to latitudes just above 50N. Recent studies show that...

    Authors: Bilel Chalghaf, Jomâa Chemkhi, Benjamin Mayala, Myriam Harrabi, Goze Bertin Benie, Edwin Michael and Afif Ben Salah

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2018 11:461

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  32. Content type: Research

    Ectoparasitic infections are of particular interest for endangered wildlife, as ectoparasites are potential vectors for inter- and intraspecific pathogen transmission and may be indicators to assess the health...

    Authors: Annette Klein, Elke Zimmermann, Ute Radespiel, Frank Schaarschmidt, Andrea Springer and Christina Strube

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2018 11:459

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  33. Content type: Research

    Piroplasmosis is an important animal disease that is a major constraint to the development of the livestock industry, often resulting in significant economic losses. Therefore, there is an urgent need to furth...

    Authors: Muhammad Adeel Hassan, Junlong Liu, Muhammad Rashid, Naveed Iqbal, Guiquan Guan, Hong Yin and Jianxun Luo

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2018 11:457

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  34. Content type: Research

    The C-terminal 42 kDa region of merozoite surface protein-1 of Plasmodium falciparum (PfMSP-142) is the target of an immune response. It has been recognised as one of the promising candidate antigens for a blood-...

    Authors: Thị Lam Thái, Hojong Jun, Jinyoung Lee, Jung-Mi Kang, Hương Giang Lê, Khin Lin, Kyaw Zin Thant, Woon-Mok Sohn, Tong-Soo Kim and Byoung-Kuk Na

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2018 11:455

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  35. Content type: Research

    Malnutrition is common in children in sub-Saharan Africa and is thought to increase the risk of infectious diseases, including malaria. The relationship between malnutrition and malaria was examined in a cohor...

    Authors: Anne L. Wilson, John Bradley, Ballah Kandeh, Kolawole Salami, Umberto D’Alessandro, Margaret Pinder and Steven W. Lindsay

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2018 11:451

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  36. Content type: Research

    Toxoplasma gondii and Eimeria tenella are two common parasites in poultry. Mixed infections are likely to occur frequently in chickens due to the high prevalence of both pathogens. In this study, we investigate t...

    Authors: Runhui Zhang, Ahmed Thabet, Lysanne Hiob, Wanpeng Zheng, Arwid Daugschies and Berit Bangoura

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2018 11:453

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  37. Content type: Research

    Uranotaenia unguiculata Edwards, 1913 is a species of mosquito (Diptera: Culicidae) native to central Europe. Recently a novel lineage of the West Nile virus (WNV-lineage 4c) was identified in pools of adult fema...

    Authors: Jeremy V. Camp, Tamás Bakonyi, Zoltán Soltész, Thomas Zechmeister and Norbert Nowotny

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2018 11:456

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  38. Content type: Research

    Small mammals are essential in the enzootic cycle of many tick-borne pathogens (TBP). To understand their contribution to the genetic diversity of Borrelia afzelii, the most prevalent TBP in questing Ixodes ricin...

    Authors: Claudia E. Coipan, Gilian L. A. van Duijvendijk, Tim R. Hofmeester, Katsuhisa Takumi and Hein Sprong

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2018 11:454

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  39. Content type: Research

    The apicomplexan parasite Babesia orientalis, the causative agent of water buffalo babesiosis in China, is widespread in central and south China, resulting in a huge economic loss annually. Currently, there is no...

    Authors: Lan He, Pei He, Xiaoying Luo, Muxiao Li, Long Yu, Jiaying Guo, Xueyan Zhan, Guan Zhu and Junlong Zhao

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2018 11:452

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  40. Content type: Letter to the Editor

    In this study, two road-killed marbled polecats (Vormela peregusna) were molecularly analysed for tick-borne pathogens. Rickettsia raoultii, “Candidatus Rickettsia barbariae” and a novel Babesia genotype have bee...

    Authors: Xiafei Liu, Meihua Yang, Guangyuan Liu, Shanshan Zhao, Wumei Yuan, Ronghai Xiao, Wurelihazi Hazihan, Sándor Hornok and Yuanzhi Wang

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2018 11:450

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  41. Content type: Meeting report

    Sarcoptic mange is a globally distributed disease caused by the burrowing mite Sarcoptes scabiei, which also causes scabies in humans. A wide and increasing number of wild mammal species are reported to be suscep...

    Authors: Francisca Astorga, Scott Carver, Emily S. Almberg, Giovane R. Sousa, Kimberly Wingfield, Kevin D. Niedringhaus, Peach Van Wick, Luca Rossi, Yue Xie, Paul Cross, Samer Angelone, Christian Gortázar and Luis E. Escobar

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2018 11:449

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  42. Content type: Research

    Amphibian trypanosomes were the first ever described trypanosomatids. Nevertheless, their taxonomy remains entangled because of pleomorphism and high prevalence of mixed infections. Despite the fact that the f...

    Authors: Viktoria V. Spodareva, Anastasiia Grybchuk-Ieremenko, Alexander Losev, Jan Votýpka, Julius Lukeš, Vyacheslav Yurchenko and Alexei Yu Kostygov

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2018 11:447

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  43. Content type: Research

    Throughout Japan, Korea and China, Haemaphysalis longicornis ticks are vectors of Babesia gibsoni, which causes severe and progressive anemia in dogs. This study evaluated the efficacy of a single administration ...

    Authors: Hiroshi Otaki, Junko Sonobe, Martin Murphy, Daniela Cavalleri, Wolfgang Seewald, Jason Drake and Steve Nanchen

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2018 11:448

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  44. Content type: Correction

    Unfortunately, the original version of this article [1] contained an error.

    Authors: Pratap Kafle, Stephanie J. Peacock, Sarah Grond, Karin Orsel and Susan Kutz

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2018 11:446

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    The original article was published in Parasites & Vectors 2018 11:400

  45. Content type: Research

    We examined the performance of four in-clinic Giardia diagnostic tests by comparing results to three laboratory methods for detection of Giardia. A set of 177 fecal samples originally submitted to a commercial la...

    Authors: Jennifer Mizhquiri Barbecho, Dwight D. Bowman and Janice L. Liotta

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2018 11:444

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  46. Content type: Research

    Enteromyxum leei is a myxozoan parasite that produces a slow-progressing intestinal disease. This parasite invades the paracellular space of the intestinal epithelium and progresses from the posterior to the ante...

    Authors: M. Carla Piazzon, Itziar Estensoro, Josep A. Calduch-Giner, Raquel del Pozo, Amparo Picard-Sánchez, Jaume Pérez-Sánchez and Ariadna Sitjà-Bobadilla

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2018 11:443

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  47. Content type: Research

    Chemical-based malaria vector control interventions are threatened by the development of insecticide resistance and changes in the behavior of the vectors, and thus require the development of alternative contr...

    Authors: Samuel C. Kahindi, Simon Muriu, Yahya A. Derua, Xiaoming Wang, Guofa Zhou, Ming-Chieh Lee, Joseph Mwangangi, Harrysone Atieli, Andrew K. Githeko and Guiyun Yan

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2018 11:438

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  48. Content type: Research

    Over-expression of ATP-binding cassette (ABC) transporter proteins has been implicated in resistance of ticks to acaricides. Tick cell lines are useful for investigating resistance mechanisms, as development o...

    Authors: Carlo Mangia, Alice Vismarra, Marco Genchi, Sara Epis, Claudio Bandi, Giulio Grandi, Lesley Bell-Sakyi, Domenico Otranto, Benedetta Passeri and Laura Kramer

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2018 11:437

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