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Animal influence on man-biting rates at a malarious site in Palawan, Philippines.

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  • 1U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit No. 2, APO San Francisco, California 96528-5000.


The effect of nearby animals on man-biting rates was tested under both outdoor and indoor conditions. Under outdoor conditions, fewer mosquitoes were found biting man when a carabao was nearby than when none were close. When collecting indoors, the opposite results were obtained. Therefore, placing a carabao near a house is disadvantageous. Sporozoite rates of Anopheles flavirostris were twice as high from man-biting collections as those caught from carabao. Placing carabao around a village but away from the house could play a significant role in reducing malaria transmission.

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