Volume 9, Issue 4
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



A total of 24,179 female flies collected in suburban Cairo, Egypt, were examined for phlebotomus fever virus. Virus was recovered from 4 of 59 sandfly pools tested; one pool of and 3 pools of unindentified , presumably consisting solely of , yielded virus. All four isolates were identified by complement-fixation tests as the Sicilian type of virus. Wild-caught engorged flies were shown to contain substances which neutralize the Sicilian type of phlebotomus fever virus. Failure to demonstrate similar activity in laboratory-reared sandflies suggests that the active principle is antibody contained in ingested human blood.


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