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Parasitol Today. 1989 Mar;5(3):88-96.

Tabanids as vectors of disease agents.

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Department of Entomology, Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station, Louisiana State University, Agricultural Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70803, USA.


The Tabanidae are considered to be among the major Dipteran pests of man and animals worldwide, but this group is undoubtedly the least studied. There have been at least 137 genera and 4154 species of tabanids described to date. Yet, existing, active research programmes number, at most, 50 in systematics and distribution, 15 in economic entomology, and five in disease transmission. To redress the balance, Lane Foil discusses the entire spectrum of research on the transmission of infections by tabanids, both from the point of view of general factors affecting transmission dynamics, as well as the specific examination of candidate agents, from viruses to filaria.

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