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November 2008

This photograph shows an adult Rhodnius prolixus, which is the most important vector of Trypanosoma cruzi in Central America, Venezuela, and Colombia. R. prolixus is extremely well adapted to human habitat and is responsible for high infestation rates in houses and also for high infection prevalences in human populations. Insect vector populations are susceptible to insecticides, and domiciliated populations can be eliminated when suitable control programmes are established (see Castillo-Riquelme et al., doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0000336).

Image Credit: Felipe Guhl, Universidad de los Andes


Research Articles

Enumeration of Mycobacterium leprae Using Real-Time PCR

Richard W. Truman, P. Kyle Andrews, Naoko Y. Robbins, Linda B. Adams, James L. Krahenbuhl, Thomas P. Gillis

Diagnosis of Soil-Transmitted Helminths in the Era of Preventive Chemotherapy: Effect of Multiple Stool Sampling and Use of Different Diagnostic Techniques

Stefanie Knopp, Ali F. Mgeni, I. Simba Khamis, Peter Steinmann, J. Russell Stothard, David Rollinson, Hanspeter Marti, Jürg Utzinger

Controlled Chaos of Polymorphic Mucins in a Metazoan Parasite (Schistosoma mansoni) Interacting with Its Invertebrate Host (Biomphalaria glabrata)

Emmanuel Roger, Christoph Grunau, Raymond J. Pierce, Hirohisa Hirai, Benjamin Gourbal, Richard Galinier, Rémi Emans, Italo M. Cesari, Céline Cosseau, Guillaume Mitta

Correlative and Dynamic Imaging of the Hatching Biology of Schistosoma japonicum from Eggs Prepared by High Pressure Freezing

Malcolm K. Jones, Sze How Bong, Kathryn M. Green, Philadelphia Holmes, Mary Duke, Alex Loukas, Donald P. McManus

The Costs of Preventing and Treating Chagas Disease in Colombia

Marianela Castillo-Riquelme, Felipe Guhl, Brenda Turriago, Nestor Pinto, Fernando Rosas, Mónica Flórez Martínez, Julia Fox-Rushby, Clive Davies, Diarmid Campbell-Lendrum

Quantitative Detection of Schistosoma japonicum Cercariae in Water by Real-Time PCR

Yuen Wai Hung, Justin Remais

Warmer Weather Linked to Tick Attack and Emergence of Severe Rickettsioses

Philippe Parola, Cristina Socolovschi, Luc Jeanjean, Idir Bitam, Pierre-Edouard Fournier, Albert Sotto, Pierre Labauge, Didier Raoult

Rabies Exposures, Post-Exposure Prophylaxis and Deaths in a Region of Endemic Canine Rabies

Katie Hampson, Andy Dobson, Magai Kaare, Jonathan Dushoff, Matthias Magoto, Emmanuel Sindoya, Sarah Cleaveland

Population Genetics of Schistosoma japonicum within the Philippines Suggest High Levels of Transmission between Humans and Dogs

James W. Rudge, Hélène Carabin, Ernesto Balolong Jr, Veronica Tallo, Jaya Shrivastava, Da-Bing Lu, María-Gloria Basáñez, Remigio Olveda, Stephen T. McGarvey, Joanne P. Webster