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Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Featured Issue: Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz Vol.108 No.5

Today we are featuring Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz vol.108 no.5. 

This issue includes "Polycystic echinococcosis in the state of Acre, Brazil: contribution to patient diagnosis, treatment and prognosis" by de Siquera et al., which examines the process of diagnosis and treatment for patients with Polycystic echinococcosis. The study started in 1999 and by 2009, included 60 patients. Patients were classified based on parasite lesions, neighbouring organ invasion and metastases, and were subsequently divided into three groups to receive either chemotherapy, surgical removal of the cysts or puncturing of the cysts using the PAIR method. The results indicated that surgical removal of the cysts could be the best method of treatment out of the three treatments described above, and that the PAIR method requires more research.

Also included in this issue is "Culicidae (Diptera) selection of humans, chickens and rabbits in three different environments in the province of Chaco, Argentina" by Stein et al. For this study, mosquitoes were collected by using chicken and rabbit bait during the period of June 2001 to May 2002. The incidence of mosquitoes biting the humans operating the traps was also collected. 49 species and 10 genera of mosquitoes were collected. The results indicated that Culex species were most attracted to chicken bait, while Wyeomyia species were most attracted to rabbit bait. Several species including Psorophora albigenu were most attracted to human bait.

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