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Enhanced sandfly attraction to Leishmania-infected hosts

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>1/01/2002
<mark>Journal</mark>Transactions of The Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Issue number2
Volume96
Number of pages2
Pages (from-to)117-118
Publication statusPublished
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

We report that hamsters infected with Leishmania infantum are more attractive to female sandflies in bioassays. Entrained odours from infected animals were shown by gas chromatography to contain peaks absent from uninfected individuals. Implications of enhanced transmission, potential for developing novel diagnoses and the significance to epidemiological models are discussed.