Trypanosome Transmitted by Phlebotomus: First Report from the Americas

See allHide authors and affiliations

Science  06 Sep 1968:
Vol. 161, Issue 3845, pp. 1023-1025
DOI: 10.1126/science.161.3845.1023


Transmission studies carried out in the laboratory incriminated Phlebotomus vexator occidentis as a vector of a species of trypanosome that infects Bufo boreas halophilus. Toads free of parasites contracted the trypanosome after eating infected flies and after intraperitoneal inoculation of flagellates cultured from the hindgut of flies that had fed on infected toads. Discovery of this vectorhost-parasite system in the Americas, and the localization of promastigote flagellates (leptomonads) in the hindgut of the vector, should assist in clarifying interpretative problems associated with infection of wild-caught flies in studies on leishmaniasis in the Americas and elsewhere.

Stay Connected to Science