Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
Print version ISSN 0074-0276
OSORIO, Ana Luiza Alves Rosa et al. Trypanosoma (Duttonella) vivax: its biology, epidemiology, pathogenesis, and introduction in the New World - a review. Mem. Inst. Oswaldo Cruz [online]. 2008, vol.103, n.1, pp. 1-13. ISSN 0074-0276. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0074-02762008000100001.
The biology, epidemiology, pathogenesis, diagnostic techniques, and history of the introduction of Trypanosoma (Duttonella) vivax in the New World are reviewed. The two main immunological responses of trypanosome-infected animals - antibody production and immunodepression - are discussed in the context of how these responses play a role in disease tolerance or susceptibility. Isolation and purification of T. vivax are briefly discussed. The recent reports of bovine trypanosomiasis diagnosed in cattle on farms located in the Pantanal region of the states of Mato Grosso do Sul and Mato Grosso, Brazil, are also discussed.
Keywords : mechanical vector; trypanosomiasis; trypanosomes; bovines.