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Vectors of Lymphatic Filariasis

A wide range of mosquitoes can transmit the parasite, depending on the geographic area. In Africa, the most common vector is Anopheles and in the Americas, it is Culex quinquefasciatus. Aedes and Mansonia can transmit the infection in the Pacific and in Asia.

Anopheles gambiae taking a blood meal

An Anopheles gambiae mosquito taking a blood meal. Credit: CDC

Anopheles mosquito

Many species in the genera Anopheles can transmit the infective larvae that cause lymphatic filariasis. Credit: CDC

Culix quinquefasciatus mosquito, a vector of lymphatic filariasis

Illustration of Culex quinquefasciatus, a vector of lymphatic filariasis. Credit: CDC

Culex mosquito

Illustration of Culex; many species in the genera Culex can transmit the infective larvae that cause lymphatic filariasis. Credit: CDC

Aedes aegypti taking a blood meal

An Aedes aegypti female mosquito taking a blood meal. Credit: CDC

Aedes mosquito

Many species in the genera Aedes can transmit the infective larvae that cause lymphatic filariasis. Credit: CDC

 
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