Felipe Arley Costa Pessoa

Felipe Arley Costa Pessoa
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz | FIOCRUZ · Instituto Leonidas and Maria Deane (ILMD)

PhD

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Introduction
I live in Manaus, nearby Amazon Rain forest. I interested in medical entomology.
Additional affiliations
January 2007 - present
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz
January 2001 - September 2005
January 1995 - May 1995
Imperial College London
Position
  • Immature of phlebotomine desciption
Education
March 1991 - May 1997
Universidade Federal do Ceará
Field of study
  • Biology

Publications

Publications (145)
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Cutaneous leishmaniasis is endemic in Pernambuco. Aiming to determine the vector species of cutaneous leishmaniasis in an endemic area of the Northeast region of Brazil, this study aimed to use the spatial mapping of human cases of CL and correlate with ecological studies of the vectors in the municipality of Timbaúba, Pernambuco, Brazil. Individua...
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Trypanosomatids (Kinetoplastida:Trypanosomatidae) protozoa are a diverse group of obligate parasites. The genera Trypanosoma and Leishmania are the most studied because of their medical importance. This work aims to evaluate the effects of anthropization processes on the composition of the phlebotomine sand fly fauna and the natural infection by Tr...
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Ceratopogonidae (biting midges) species are of medical and veterinary importance and play a role as disease vectors caused by viruses, protozoa, and filarial nematodes. Besides their vectorial importance, they are harmful due to painful bites that cause discomfort in humans and animals. Identifying possible disease vectors is of significant epidemi...
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Objective To assess the emergent zoonotic disease risk posed by the voracious human-biting blackfly species Simulium oyapockense in the peripheral regions of an expanding urban centre situated deep in the Brazilian Amazon rainforest. Methods We performed nine human landing catches at three periurban sites surrounding the Brazilian Amazon town of S...
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Reptiles and amphibians are exceptional hosts for different ectoparasites, including mites and ticks. In this study, we investigated tick infestations on reptiles and amphibians trapped in Central Amazonia, and also assessed the presence of rickettsial infections in the collected ticks. From September 2016 to September 2019, 385 reptiles (350 lizar...
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The species Cerqueirellum venezuelense (Ramírez-Pérez & Peterson, 1981) and Shelleyellum damascenoi (Py-Daniel, 1988) are reviewed and the characters that separate them are presented and support the revalidation of Shelleyellum damascenoi.
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A new species is described for the genus Psaroniocompsa (Psaroniocompsa bertellii sp.n.), from the National Park of Chapada dos Veadeiros, Central Brazil, Goiás state. Three other species are compared with this new species, Psaroniocompsa auristritata Lutz, 1910, Psaroniocompsa stellata Gil-Azevedo, Figueiró & Maia-Herzog, 2005 and Psaroniocompsa s...
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Three species of Corethrella Coquillett, 1902 from the state of Amazonas, Brazil are described as new to science based on female adult specimens. Corethrella cabocla Feijó, Belchior, Marialva & Pessoa sp. nov. possesses four large setae on the frons between the ventromedial area of ommatidia, a FEIJÓ ALMEIDA J. et al., Three new species of Corethre...
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Lutzomyia longipalpis sensu lato is a complex of phlebotomine sand fly species, which are widespread in the Neotropics. They have a great medico-veterinary importance due their role as vectors of Leishmania infantum, the causative agent of visceral leishmaniasis. Morphological variations of Lu. longipalpis s.l. males were reported in the late 1960s...
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Culicoides biting midges are insects involved in the transmission of filarial nematodes, protozoans, and viruses. Greater knowledge of Culicoides blood meal sources could improve our understanding of parasite transmission cycles. Our study used molecular tools to evaluate the blood meal sources of Culicoides biting midges from sylvatic environments...
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Background: Trypanosomatids are widespread and cause diseases - such as trypanosomiasis, sleeping sickness, Chagas disease, and cutaneous and visceral leishmaniasis - in animals and humans. These diseases occur in both rural and urban regions due to unplanned growth and deforestation. Thus, wild and synanthropic reservoir hosts living in residenti...
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The prevalence of CND are rocketting over the world, including in young adults. The WHO estimates that more than half of the deaths in the world are caused by CND. The authors carried out a cross-sectional study of 1,431 school children in the Brazilian Western Amazon, with children and young people aged 6 to 16 years. A random sampling of 496 indi...
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Three new species of Atrichopogon with spotted wings of the family Ceratopogonidae (Diptera: Culicomorpha) from the Amazonas State of Brazil are described and illustrated. Male and female specimens of Atrichopogon janseni sp. nov., A. riopardensis sp. nov., and A. sergioluzi sp. nov. were associated by wing pigmentation patterns: with two darker sp...
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Mosquito diversity and disease transmission are influenced by landscape modifications, i.e., vectors and pathogens previously found only in forests are now found close to human environments due to anthropic changes. This study determined the diversity and distribution of mosquitoes in forest environments in order to analyze the potential vectors of...
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A species complex (= species group, species series) is an assemblage of species, which are related morphologically and phylogenetically. Recent research has revealed several arthropod vector species that were believed to be a single nominal species actually representing a group of closely related species, which are sometimes morphologically indisti...
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Experimental studies for understanding the relationship between Plasmodium vivax and its vector hosts are difficult, because of to the lack of a long-term, in vitro continuous culture system unavailability of infected blood samples, seasonality of the disease, and the concentration of most cases in remote areas. This study evaluates the duration of...
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We describe the immature stages of Migonemyia migonei, which is the vector of Leishmania (Viannia) braziliensis, the etiological agent of cutaneous leishmaniasis in South America, and a putative vector of Leishmania infantum chagasi. Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) was used to refine the description of the structures of the egg, all instar larva...
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We describe the immature stages of Migonemyia migonei, which is the vector of Leishmania (Viannia) braziliensis, the etiological agent of cutaneous leishmaniasis in South America, and a putative vector of Leishmania infantum chagasi. Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) was used to refine the description of the structures of the egg, all instar larva...
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Anthropogenic environments provide favorable conditions for some species, which is especially true of mosquitoes that present eclecticism at the moment of choice for the site of ovi-position. In the present study, the diversity of mosquitoes was assessed by providing plastic containers, bamboo internodes, and tires in a forest, the forest edge, and...
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Hexapods, commonly known as insects, are a neglected taxonomic group in the Fernando de Noronha archipelago, with unanswered questions about their species richness and the ecological processes in which they are involved (e.g., colonization, introduction, stablishment, and extinction). Herein, we provide an updated Hexapod checklist with current no...
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Blood samples from 72 Ameiva ameiva lizards from Central Amazonian upland forests were collected, and thin smears of 40 (55.5%) animals were positive for gamonts of Hepatozoon with a mean level of intensity of infection of 14 parasites/2000 blood erythrocytes (0.73%). The gametocytes were found attached with host cells’ nuclei, and their dimensions...
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Blood samples from 330 lizards of 19 species were collected to investigate the occurrence of haemoparasites. Samplings were performed in areas of upland (terra-fi rme) forest adjacent to Manaus municipality, Amazonas, Brazil. Blood parasites were detected in 220 (66%) lizards of 12 species and comprised four major groups: Apicomplexa (including hae...
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Culicoides biting midges are small hematophagous flies, some species of which transmit pathogens to livestock and humans. In the Brazilian Amazon Basin, Culicoides diversity has remained largely unexamined. Jamari National Forest (JNF) is a conservation area in Rondônia State where research and environmental education are conducted in conjunction w...
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Anthropogenic environments provide favorable conditions for some species, which are especially suitable for mosquitoes that present eclecticism at the moment of choice for the site of oviposition. The present study, the diversity of mosquitoes in plastic container, bamboo internode, and tire placed in forest, the forest edge, and peridomicile envir...
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Introduction: The Culicoides transmit a variety of pathogens. Our aim was to survey the Culicoides species occurring in an Amazonian rural settlement, comparing abundance, richness, and diversity in different environments. Methods: Culicoides were captured using CDC light traps. The Shannon-Wiener (H’) and Rényi indices were used to compare species...
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An entomological survey was conducted in several localities of Rondônia State, and new records were obtained for seven sand fly species: Evandromyia apurinan Shimabukuro, Figueira & Silva, 2013, Evandromyia carmelinoi (Ryan, Fraiha, Lainson & Shaw, 1986), Micropygomyia echinatopharynx Andrade-Filho, Galati, Andrade & Falcão, 2004, Nyssomyia urbinat...
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Mansonella ozzardi and Mansonella perstans infections both cause mansonellosis, but are usually treated differently. Using a real-time PCR assay and deep-sequencing, we reveal the presence of mansonellosis co-infections that were undetectable by standard diagnostic methods. Our results confirm mansonellosis co-infections and have important implicat...
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Mansonella ozzardi and Mansonella perstans infections both cause mansonellosis, but are usually treated differently. Using a real-time PCR assay and deep-sequencing, we reveal the presence of mansonellosis co-infections that were undetectable by standard diagnostic methods. Our results confirm mansonellosis co-infections and have important implicat...
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Rondônia State has been subject to a higher percentage of deforestation than any other Brazilian state in the Amazon basin. Rondônia’s protected forests are extremely important because their biodiversity attests to the species richness that has been lost to human encroachment. Phlebotomine sand flies are Leishmania vectors that have the potential t...
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Males of cryptic or closely related species present great morphological variation in their genitalia, whereas females, such as those of the Chagasi Series of the Psychodopygus Mangabeira, 1941 genus, are more similar. Therefore, our aim was to study the fine structure of the male genitalia of five species of the Chagasi Series to better understand...
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Numerous protocols have been published for extracting DNA from phlebotomines. Nevertheless, their small size is generally an issue in terms of yield, efficiency, and purity, for large-scale individual sand fly DNA extractions when using traditional methods. Even though this can be circumvented with commercial kits, these are generally cost-prohibit...
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Background Standard human landing catches (sHLCs) have historically been a key component of Onchocerca volvulus transmission monitoring, but expose health-workers to potentially hazardous vector bites. Novel human-bait-free trapping methods have been developed, but do not always work where they are needed and may not generate O. volvulus surveillan...
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Background Standard human landing catches (sHLCs) have historically been a key component of Onchocerca volvulus transmission monitoring, but expose health-workers to potentially hazardous vector bites. Novel human-bait-free trapping methods have been developed, but do not always work where they are needed and may not generate O. volvulus surveillan...
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Standard human landing catches (sHLCs) have historically been used to obtain key Onchocerca volvulus transmission data that has helped with the design and monitoring of the WHO´s onchocerciasis control programmes. To avoid the health risks associated with sHLCs, alternative human-bait-free blackfly trapping methods, most of which immobilize and suf...
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Background Standard human landing catches (sHLCs) have historically been a key component of Onchocerca volvulus transmission monitoring, but expose health-workers to potentially hazardous vector bites. Novel human-bait-free trapping methods have been developed, but do not always work where they are needed and may not generate O. volvulus surveillan...
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Numerous protocols have been published for extracting DNA from phlebotomines. Nevertheless, their small size is generally an issue in terms of yield, efficiency, and purity, for large-scale individual sand fly DNA extractions when using traditional methods. Even though this can be circumvented with commercial kits, these are generally cost-prohibit...
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Almost 30% of female American sand flies are morphologically indistinguishable from one another. These females belong to species-complexes or groups with closely related species, making species-level identification difficult or even impossible. This fact has implications for public health since several of these groups include species which are vect...
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Roads and highways can affect the spread of insect-borne diseases by limiting or amplifying the spatiotemporal distribution of vectors, pathogens, and hosts, which can, in turn, lead to the creation of a nidus of infection. The aim of this study was to compare the diversity (richness and abundance) of phlebotomine sand flies in household and forest...
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Despite the broad distribution of M. ozzardi in Latin America and the Caribbean, there is still very little DNA sequence data available to study this neglected parasite’s epidemiology. Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) sequences, especially the cytochrome oxidase (CO1) gene’s barcoding region, have been targeted successfully for filarial diagnostics and fo...
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Mansonellosis is an endemic disease in the South and Central America. In Brazil, one of the etiological agents is Mansonella ozzardi. This filarial infection is yet poorly understood, with a controversial morbity, presenting since a oligosymptoms, malaria-like signs or without complaint in humans. The knowledge of the human immune response to micro...
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Background: The human filarial worm Mansonella ozzardi is highly endemic in the large tributaries of the Amazon River. This infection is still highly neglected and can be falsely negative when microfilariae levels are low. Objectives: This study investigated the frequency of individuals with M. ozzardi in riverine communities in Coari municipali...
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Background: Lutzomyia umbratilis, the vector for Leishmania guyanensis in northern South America, has been found naturally infected with L. guyanensis only in areas north of the Negro and Amazon rivers. While populations of this sand fly species are also found in areas south of these rivers, these populations have never been reported to be infecte...
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Background: Aedes aegypti is considered the main Zika virus (ZIKV) vector, and is thought to be responsible for the 2015-2016 outbreak in Brazil. Zika positive Ae. aegypti males collected in the field suggest that vertical and/or venereal transmission of ZIKV may occur. Objectives: In this study, we aimed to demonstrate that venereal transmissio...
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Resumo. É descrita uma nova espécie para o gênero Inaequalium (Inaequalium pujoli sp.n.), procedente do Brasil Central, estado de Goiás, macro-região denominada Chapada dos Veadeiros. É proposta a troca do nome da espécie (I. rappae Py-Daniel & Coscarón), por assumir a característica de nomen nudum, para Inaequalium rapporum Py-Daniel & Co...
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A new species of genus Inaequalium (Inaequalium pujoli sp.n.) is described here, from state of Goiás, a macro region called Chapada dos Veadeiros, Central Brazil. Also is proposed to change the name It is proposed to change the name I. rappae Py-Daniel & Coscarón, because it takes on the characteristic of nomen nudum, to Inaequalium rapporum Py-Dan...
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Mansonelliasis is caused by one of three species of filarial parasite from the genus Mansonella: Mansonella ozzardi, M. perstans, or M. streptocerca. Mansonelliasis caused by M. streptocerca is thought to be limited to the equatorial rainforest areas of West and Central Africa. The more broadly distributed Mansonella perstans parasite is thought to...
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Onchocerciasis is a neglected tropical disease that has left hundreds of thousands of the world’s poorest people irreversibly blinded and has caused skin disease-induced misery for many more. The symptoms of the disease are caused by the death of skin-dwelling Onchocerca volvulus microfilariae. It is thought that the release of the filarial parasit...
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Phlebotomine sand flies are small insects of great medical importance. This study presents new records of phlebotomine sand flies, which augment the list of species, recorded in the state of Alagoas, Brazil. Sand flies were collected using CDC miniature light traps. Collections were made between November 2008 and April 2016, in 47 municipalities wi...
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Resumo. Duas novas espécies de insetos predadores e bioindicadores da qualidade da água do gênero Palpomyia, grupo distincta, são descritas e ilustradas baseadas em espécimes machos. Os imaturos das espécies Palpomyia amazonensis sp. nov. e Palpomyia lanceolata sp. nov. foram coletados em armadilhas ovitrampas e criados em laboratório até adultos....
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The sandfly Trichophoromyia auraensis has recently evolved as a proven vector of Leishmania (Viannia) endemic to state of Acre in the north of Brazil. This note is intended to propose a correction in the report of the first occurrence of natural infection of Leishmania (Viannia) in this species. We and the other scientific groups reinforced that Tr...