Accession Number : AD0764301

Title :   Immunologic Identification of Arthropod Blood Meals.

Descriptive Note : Annual summary rept. no. 3, 1 Apr 72-31 Mar 73,

Corporate Author : CALIFORNIA UNIV BERKELEY SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH

Personal Author(s) : Tempelis,Constantine H.

Report Date : 15 MAY 1973

Pagination or Media Count : 16

Abstract : A collaborative study with the Gorgas Memorial Laboratory of Panama was completed on the study of the feeding patterns of Culex Melanoconion mosquitoes. This study demonstrated the wide host range of several species of these mosquitoes. Studies were continued in the Northern part of the Sacramento Valley of California to secure base line feeding patterns of several mosquito species found in that area. These data were secured by using the capillary precipitin test and where more definitive data was desired, the newly developed Passive Hemagglutination Inhibition test (PHI) was used. Further data were secured this past year from mosquitoes collected in Kern County during the 1960-62 study. These blood meals, from Passeriform birds, were further identified using the PHI test and about 50 percent were found to have fed on English sparrows and House finches. Six primate antisera were prepared to determine, by the PHI test, the degree of cross-reactivity with serum proteins from several Primate species. The antisera were tested against 17 Primate and one non-Primate species. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*ARTHROPODA, BLOOD), DISEASE VECTORS, CULEX, CULICIDAE, PARASITES, BIRDS, PRIMATES, IMMUNOLOGY, TEST METHODS, INGESTION(PHYSIOLOGY)

Subject Categories : Anatomy and Physiology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE