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The eco-epidemiology of Triatoma infestans in the temperate Monte Desert ecoregion of mid-western Argentina

Overview of attention for article published in Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, October 2017
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Title
The eco-epidemiology of Triatoma infestans in the temperate Monte Desert ecoregion of mid-western Argentina
Published in
Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, October 2017
DOI 10.1590/0074-02760160519
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Authors

Ana Laura Carbajal-de-la-Fuente, Yael Mariana Provecho, María del Pilar Fernández, Marta Victoria Cardinal, Patricia Lencina, Cynthia Spillmann, Ricardo Esteban Gürtler

Abstract

The eco-epidemiological status of Chagas disease in the Monte Desert ecoregion of western Argentina is largely unknown. We investigated the environmental and socio-demographic determinants of house infestation with Triatoma infestans, bug abundance, vector infection with Trypanosoma cruzi and host-feeding sources in a well-defined rural area of Lavalle Department in the Mendoza province. Technical personnel inspected 198 houses for evidence of infestation with T. infestans, and the 76 houses included in the current study were re-inspected. In parallel with the vector survey, an environmental and socio-demographic survey was also conducted. Univariate risk factor analysis for domiciliary infestation was carried out using Firth penalised logistic regression. We fitted generalised linear models for house infestation and bug abundance. Blood meals were tested with a direct ELISA assay, and T. cruzi infection was determined using a hot-start polymerase chain reaction (PCR) targeting the kinetoplast minicircle (kDNA-PCR). The households studied included an aged population living in precarious houses whose main economic activities included goat husbandry. T. infestans was found in 21.2% of 198 houses and in 55.3% of the 76 re-inspected houses. Peridomestic habitats exhibited higher infestation rates and bug abundances than did domiciles, and goat corrals showed high levels of infestation. The main host-feeding sources were goats. Vector infection was present in 10.2% of domiciles and 3.2% of peridomiciles. Generalised linear models showed that peridomestic infestation was positively and significantly associated with the presence of mud walls and the abundance of chickens and goats, and bug abundance increased with the number of all hosts except rabbits. We highlight the relative importance of specific peridomestic structures (i.e., goat corrals and chicken coops) associated with construction materials and host abundance as sources of persistent bug infestation driving domestic colonisation. Environmental management strategies framed in a community-based programme combined with improved insecticide spraying and sustained vector surveillance are needed to effectively suppress local T. infestans populations.

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Geographical breakdown

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Unknown 42 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 7 17%
Student > Bachelor 6 14%
Researcher 6 14%
Student > Ph. D. Student 5 12%
Student > Postgraduate 4 10%
Other 8 19%
Unknown 6 14%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 12 29%
Medicine and Dentistry 4 10%
Veterinary Science and Veterinary Medicine 3 7%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 2 5%
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science 2 5%
Other 8 19%
Unknown 11 26%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 15. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 14 November 2017.
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#1,702,647
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Outputs from Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
#32
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#37,745
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Outputs of similar age from Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
#2
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