Korean J Parasitol.  2002 Mar;40(1):41-44. 10.3347/kjp.2002.40.1.41.

Vector competence of Anopheles lesteri Baisas & Hu (Diptera: Cullicidae) to Plasmodium vivax in Korea

  • 1Department of Medical Zoology, National Institute of Health, Seoul, Korea.


Three anopheline mosquitoes in Korea were studied for their abilities as vectors for Plasmodium vivax. The female mosquitoes of Anopheles lesteri, An. pullus and An. sinensis were allowed to suck malaria patient blood until fully fed, and they were then bred for 2 weeks to develop from malaria parasites to sporozoites. The result from the above confirmed the sporozoites in one An. lesteri of one individual and five An. sinensis of six individuals. We also reconfirmed that An. sinensis was the main vector to transmit malaria and An. lesteri as well as An. sinensis were able to carry Korean malaria parasites. Therefore, we propose that diversified study is needed to manage malaria projects.


Anopheles lesteri; Anopheles sinensis; Anopheles pullus; Plasmodium vivax; vector; Korea
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