oa Central African Journal of Medicine - Cimex Lectularis as a vector of Hepatitis B

Volume 26, Issue 9
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



Following the reports of Newkirk et al (1975) and especially Willis et al (1977) bedbugs have been increasingly implicated as vectors of Hepatitis B virus (HBV). Experiments reported by Jupp and McElligott (1979) and Jupp et al (1980) have shown that Hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) persisted in Cimex lectularius L and more clearly outlined the probable role of the bedbug in the transmission of HBV. In this article we report further results of laboratory investigations into the persistence of the surface antigen of HBV In C. lectularis and possible means of transmission of the virus.

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