Trypanosome infections and survival in tsetse


The effect of trypanosome infection on vector survival was observed in a line of Glossina morsitans morsitans selected for susceptibility to trypanosome infection. The differential effects of midgut and salivary gland infections on survival were examined by exposing flies to infection with either Trypanosoma congolense which colonizes midgut and mouthparts or Trypanosoma brucei rhodesiense which colonizes midgut and salivary glands. A comparison of the survival distributions of uninfected flies with those exposed to infection showed that salivary gland infection significantly reduces tsetse survival; midgut infection had little or no effect on the survival of tsetse. The significance of these findings is discussed in relation to the vectorial capacity of wild flies.


Maudlin, I.; Welburn, S.C.; Milligan, P.J.M. Trypanosome infections and survival in tsetse. Parasitology (1998) 116 (S1) S23-S28. [DOI: 10.1017/S0031182000084912]

Trypanosome infections and survival in tsetse

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