Sunday, March 31, 2013

Case of the Week 252

Here is a bit of an unusual case:  this was noted in a tube of "sterile saline" in another area of the lab and sent to parasitology for identification.   



Thoughts?  Comments?

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

It looks like a mosquito to me...the Aedes specie have the white stripes on their legs.

Anonymous said...

Well, quite unusual for "sterile saline" to harbor presumably Aedes sp. mosquito.

Florida Fan

Anonymous said...

The abdomen part looks more like a Culex sp. to me, but the stripe on the legs point to a possible Aedes sp.

And as Florida Fan said it is quite unusual to be found in sterile saline in a lab. A very interesting case!

Anonymous said...

I'm guessing the saline isn't sterile any longer.

Anonymous said...

Culex tarsalis also has white band in the legs.

alasdair hill said...

Id say a culex app mozzie, but how did it get on there?!

Anonymous said...

water bug

Ary Farajollahi said...

This is definitely Culex tarsalis.
They have banded legs and a banded proboscis. The terminal segment of the abdomen is also blunt.
Aedes species have a pointed abdomen.
Would be interesting to find out where/when the bottles came from and if tarsalis is endemic there.