Detection of Antibodies in Blood Meals of Hematophagous Diptera

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Science  05 Oct 1962:
Vol. 138, Issue 3536, pp. 32-33
DOI: 10.1126/science.138.3536.32


Antibodies are detectable by an agglutination technique in the blood meals of hematophagous Diptera that are fed on laboratory and domestic animals infected with organisms of the Trypanosoma brucei subgroup. It is likely that both the antibody status and the identity of the animal fed on can be determined from the same blood meal from wild Diptera. The technique may be applicable to other infections for which sensitive serological tests are available.