Volume 30, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



Tests were run on 3,198 bird sera for neutralizing antibody to Mermet virus. The birds were mostly House Sparrows () captured in the central U.S. Antibody was detected in birds from Texas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin, but not Kentucky or Missouri. Antibody prevalence differed by location and between years in similar locations. These results confirmed the widespread activity of Mermet virus in the central U.S., suggested irregular activity of the virus, and provided the first evidence that Mermet virus activity occurs in Mississippi, Indiana, and Wisconsin. No antibody to Mermet virus was found in paired sera from 966 humans with suspected arboviral infection.


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