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Phylogeography and Genetic Variation of Triatoma dimidiata, the Main Chagas Disease Vector in Central America, and Its Position within the Genus Triatoma

  • María Dolores Bargues mail,

    m.d.bargues@uv.es

    Affiliation: Departamento de Parasitología, Facultad de Farmacia, Universidad de Valencia, Burjassot, Valencia, Spain

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  • Debora R. Klisiowicz,

    Affiliation: Departamento de Parasitología, Facultad de Farmacia, Universidad de Valencia, Burjassot, Valencia, Spain

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  • Fernando Gonzalez-Candelas,

    Affiliation: Departamento de Genética, Instituto Cavanilles de Biodiversidad y Biología Evolutiva, Universidad de Valencia, Valencia, Spain

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  • Janine M. Ramsey,

    Affiliation: Centro Regional de Investigación en Salud Pública (CRISP), Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública (INSP), Tapachula, Chiapas, México

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  • Carlota Monroy,

    Affiliation: Universidad San Carlos, Laboratorio de Entomología Aplicada y Parasitología, Guatemala

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  • Carlos Ponce,

    Affiliation: Laboratorio Central de Referencia para Enfermedad de Chagas y Leishmaniasis, Secretaría de Salud, Tegucigalpa, Honduras

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  • Paz María Salazar-Schettino,

    Affiliation: Laboratorio Biología de Parásitos, Departamento de Microbiología y Parasitología, Facultad de Medicina, U.N.A.M., México D.F., México

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  • Francisco Panzera,

    Affiliations: Centro de Investigaciones sobre Enfermedades Infecciosas, Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública, Cuernavaca, Morelos, México, Sección Genética Evolutiva, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de la República, Montevideo, Uruguay

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  • Fernando Abad-Franch,

    Affiliation: Biodiversity Laboratory–Medical Entomology, Centro de Pesquisa Leônidas & Maria Deane, Fiocruz, Manaus, Brazil

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  • Octavio E. Sousa,

    Affiliation: Center for Research and Diagnosis of Parasitic Diseases, Faculty of Medicine, University of Panama, Panama City, Republic of Panama

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  • Christopher J. Schofield,

    Affiliation: Department of Infectious and Tropical Diseases, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, United Kingdom

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  • Jean Pierre Dujardin,

    Affiliation: Institut de Recherche pour le Developpement (IRD), Representative Office, French Embassy, Bangkok, Thailand

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  • Felipe Guhl,

    Affiliation: Centro de Investigaciones en Microbiología y Parasitología Tropical (CIMPAT), Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia

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  • Santiago Mas-Coma

    Affiliation: Departamento de Parasitología, Facultad de Farmacia, Universidad de Valencia, Burjassot, Valencia, Spain

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  • Published: May 07, 2008
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0000233

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Coincide with heavy reinfestation area

Posted by junnaka on 11 Jun 2008 at 12:25 GMT

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This map is very interesting, especially the spreading of T. d. dimidiata. We have been working in Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras, and the circled area for T. d. dimidiata coincides with the highest infestation area where we have problems of reinfestation. It is too bad that no samples from El Salvador were collected, since some area have more than 50% of infestation rate, and constant reporting of acute cases (>100 cases per year).