Molecular detection of Wolbachia pipientis in natural populations of mosquito vectors of Dirofilaria immitis from continental Portugal: first detection in Culex theileri
- Autores: DE Pinho Mixão V; Mendes AM; Maurício IL; Calado MM; Novo MT; Belo S; Almeida AP
- Ano de Publicação: 2016
- Journal: Medical and Veterinary Entomology
- Link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27279553
Wolbachia pipientis (Rickettsiales: Rickettsiaceae) protects mosquitoes from infections with arboviruses and parasites. However, the effect of its co-infection on vector competence for Dirofilaria immitis (Spirurida: Onchocercidae) in the wild has not been investigated. This study aimed to screen vectors of D. immitis for wPip, to characterize these, and to investigate a possible association between the occurrence of W. pipientis and that of the nematode.