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Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical

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SARAIVA, Lara et al. Study of the sand flies in American cutaneous leishmaniasis area, in the municipality of Alto Caparaó and Caparaó, Minas Gerais State. Rev. Soc. Bras. Med. Trop. [online]. 2006, vol.39, n.1, pp. 56-63. ISSN 1678-9849.

In the period from November of 2000 to November of 2001, a study of sand flies was realized in the municipalities of Alto Caparaó and Caparaó with the objective of determining their seasonal variation, comparing the points of study related to the occurrence of these insects and detecting their ideal environments. Monthly collections were carried out, with Falcão light traps at nine points, four traps per point, in the following environments: of animals shelter, forest (bush), coffee plantation and the external walls of houses. Lutzomyia intermedia (Lutz & Neiva, 1912) was the predominant species, and animal shelter the environment with the largest occurrence of sand flies. A significant difference in the composition of sand fly species was found in the studied points. Lutzomyia intermedia is the species suspected of transmitting Leishmania in the region.

Palabras clave : Leishmaniasis; Phlebotominae; Psychodidae; Lutzomyia.

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