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Maintaining Plasmodium falciparum gametocyte infectivity during blood collection and transport for mosquito feeding assays in the field

April 21, 2021 - 14:48 -- Open Access
Author(s): 
Harouna M. Soumare, Wamdaogo Moussa Guelbeogo, Katharine A. Collins, et al.
Reference: 
Malaria Journal 2021 20:191, 20 April 2021

Mosquito feeding assays using venous blood are commonly used for evaluating the transmission potential of malaria infected individuals. To improve the accuracy of these assays, care must be taken to prevent premature activation or inactivation of gametocytes before they are fed to mosquitoes. This can be challenging in the field where infected individuals and insectary facilities are sometimes very far apart. In this study, a simple, reliable, field applicable method is presented for storage and transport of gametocyte infected blood using a thermos flask.

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