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Description:This 2005 photograph depicted an Armigeres subalbatus mosquito of the “Nagasaki colony”, as she was ingesting a blood meal after having lighted on a human finger. Note the pooling of the blood inside the mosquito’s abdomen as it filled its stomach. The blood was being suctioned through the insect’s proboscis, which is its straw-like mouth that is used to penetrate the host’s skin much like a syringe.
This mosquito is a known vector of the filarial parasite Wuchereria bancrofti, and upon examination of captured specimens in the wild, at times has also been found to be naturally infected with the Japanese Encephalitis virus. This species can be found throughout Asia, from Pakistan in the west, all the way through Southeast Asia to Indonesia, and north to Japan and Korea.
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Content Providers(s):CDC/ Frank Collins, PhD.
Creation Date:2005
Photo Credit:James Gathany
Links:CDC – Nat. Center for Infectious Diseases; Div. of Vector-Borne Infectious Diseases: Japanese Encephalitis
CDC – Nat. Center for Infectious Diseases; Div. of Parasitic Diseases; Filariasis
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