A previously unreported potential malaria vector in a dry ecology of Kenya

Abstract:

Background: In Kenya, malaria remains a major public health menace equally affecting the semi-arid to arid ecologies. However, entomologic knowledge of malaria vectors in such areas remains poor.Methods: Morphologically-identified wild-caught Anopheles funestus (s.l.) specimens trapped outdoors from the semi-arid to arid area of Kacheliba, West Pokot County, Kenya, were analysed by PCR and sequencing for species identification, malaria parasite infection and host blood-meal sources.Results: Three hundred and thirty specimens were analysed to identify sibling species of the An. funestus group,none of which amplified using the available primers; two were infected with Plasmodium falciparum and Plasmodium ovale, separately, while 84% (n = 25) of the blood-fed specimens had fed on humans. Mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase subunit 1 (cox1) and nuclear ribosomal internal transcribed spacer 2 (ITS2) sequences of 55 specimens (Plasmodium-positive, blood-fed and Plasmodium-negative) did not match reference sequences, possibly suggesting a previously unreported species, resolving as two clades.Conclusions: Our findings indicate the existence of yet-to-be identified and described anopheline species with a potential as malaria vectors in Kenya.
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APA

Public Library, A. & Ogola, E (2024). A previously unreported potential malaria vector in a dry ecology of Kenya. Afribary. Retrieved from https://afribary.com/works/a-previously-unreported-potential-malaria-vector-in-a-dry-ecology-of-kenya

MLA 8th

Public Library, Africana, and Edwin Ogola "A previously unreported potential malaria vector in a dry ecology of Kenya" Afribary. Afribary, 10 Mar. 2024, https://afribary.com/works/a-previously-unreported-potential-malaria-vector-in-a-dry-ecology-of-kenya. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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Public Library, Africana, and Edwin Ogola . "A previously unreported potential malaria vector in a dry ecology of Kenya". Afribary, Afribary, 10 Mar. 2024. Web. 25 May. 2024. < https://afribary.com/works/a-previously-unreported-potential-malaria-vector-in-a-dry-ecology-of-kenya >.

Chicago

Public Library, Africana and Ogola, Edwin . "A previously unreported potential malaria vector in a dry ecology of Kenya" Afribary (2024). Accessed May 25, 2024. https://afribary.com/works/a-previously-unreported-potential-malaria-vector-in-a-dry-ecology-of-kenya