Volume 28, Issue 6
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



During August 1977 two of 975 collected from an enzootic marsh habitat on the Pacific coast of Guatemala transmitted VE virus to hamsters. Eight VE strains were isolated from . The minimal level of VE infection in this species during July-August 1977 at La Avellana, Guatemala was 1/128 (8/1,021), and the prevalence of transmitting VE virus was 1/487 (2/975). This mosquito was the predominant species attacking humans at that time, suggesting that is a vector of VE virus to man as well as a vector in enzootic cycles in Guatemala. These studies establish as the third proven enzootic vector of VE virus.


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