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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 222-227

A study on the blood feeding behavior of sand flies on ABO blood groups using PCR methods in Southeastern Iran


1 Research Center for Hydatid Disease in Iran, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran
2 Leishmaniasis Research Center, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran
3 Department of Medical Virology, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran
4 Department of Medical Entomology and Vector Control, School of Public Health, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Aghaei Afshar Abbas
Leishmaniasis Research Center, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman
Iran
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/1755-6783.205590

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Objective: Cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL) is presently occurring in Kerman province, southeastern Iran. The objective of this study was to determine the correlation between the different blood groups and the blood feeding behavior of sand flies. Materials and Methods: Sticky paper traps were used to collect sand flies in the study location. Traps were set at dusk and flies were collected at dawn. A total of 200-300 sticky traps were set each day in each area. Results: A total of 1320 sandflies were collected; 320 blood-fed female sandflies were selected for the analysis of blood meals by PCR-RFLP. In this study, 82 (25.6%) sandflies fed on human blood meals. Conclusion: The results of the current study clearly indicated that there is a significant relationship between the different blood groups and the blood feeding behavior of sand flies.


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