Plasmodium falciparum infected Anopheles stephensi, taken from a group of mosquitoes which had been used to challenge recipients of (NANP)3-TT vaccine, were tested for P. falciparum sporozoite content by an immunoradiometric assay. Seventy-six percent were infected with mean and median sporozoite equivalents per mosquito of 220,994 and 217,398, respectively (SD = 54,911). This sporozoite density is greater than that usually found in the field. These data suggest that this challenge for evaluating P. falciparum sporozoite vaccines is a demanding test of immunity.
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- Infectious Diseases