Korean J Parasitol.  1974 Dec;12(2):95-100. 10.3347/kjp.1974.12.2.95.

The periodicity of the microfilariae of Brugia malayi in Cheju Island, Korea

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  • 1Department of Parasitology and Institute of Endemic Diseases, College of Medicine, Seoul National University, Korea.

Abstract

The periodicity of the microfilariae of Brugia malayi was studied in 9 human carriers from Shin-san Ri, Seong-san Myon, Cheju Island. The periodicity pattern was markedly nocturnal and the peaks were observed between 21:30 p.m. and 5:30 a.m. The average peak count was 1:30 a.m. and the percentage of peak count at this time was 95.3. The ratio of minimum of the average peak count percentage to the maximum was 8.3. The periodicity pattern of B.malayi in Cheju Island was compared with that in Inland and no differences were found between two forms. From the above observations, it was concluded that the periodicity of B. malayi in Korea is markedly nocturnal and closely resembles that in the strain of Penang, Malaya.

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