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Abstract

The original proposal to study stress in squirrels infected in the laboratory with Leishmania was abandoned after reading a recent report showing malaria in reptiles may be carried by phlebotomine flies that live in ground squirrel burrows during the night. Leishmania is carried by phlebotomine flies so I did not want to risk even the remote chance of causing the establishment of leishmaniasis in local ground squirrels. Since coming to Jackson Hole this summer, however, I have been unable to find the flies in ground squirrel burrows. I used special insect traps placed over burrow openings during the night. Project Number 103.

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