Xenosurveillance reflects traditional sampling techniques for the identification of human pathogens: A comparative study in West Africa.

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Summary of "Xenosurveillance reflects traditional sampling techniques for the identification of human pathogens: A comparative study in West Africa."

Novel surveillance strategies are needed to detect the rapid and continuous emergence of infectious disease agents. Ideally, new sampling strategies should be simple to implement, technologically uncomplicated, and applicable to areas where emergence events are known to occur. To this end, xenosurveillance is a technique that makes use of blood collected by hematophagous arthropods to monitor and identify vertebrate pathogens. Mosquitoes are largely ubiquitous animals that often exist in sizable populations. As well, many domestic or peridomestic species of mosquitoes will preferentially take blood-meals from humans, making them a unique and largely untapped reservoir to collect human blood.


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Name: PLoS neglected tropical diseases
ISSN: 1935-2735
Pages: e0006348


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