Melao Virus, a New Agent Isolated from Trinidadian Mosquitoes

L. SpenceTrinidad Regional Virus Laboratory, P.O. Box 164, Port of Spain, Trinidad, W.I.

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C. R. AndersonTrinidad Regional Virus Laboratory, P.O. Box 164, Port of Spain, Trinidad, W.I.

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T. H. G. AitkenTrinidad Regional Virus Laboratory, P.O. Box 164, Port of Spain, Trinidad, W.I.

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W. G. DownsTrinidad Regional Virus Laboratory, P.O. Box 164, Port of Spain, Trinidad, W.I.

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Summary

A new arthropod-borne agent, Melao virus, was isolated from Aedes scapularis collected in a Trinidadian forest in 1955. The virus was shown to be related immunologically to California encephalitis virus. Some of the physical and biological properties of the virus are reported. Limited studies have not shown evidence of immunity to Melao in human beings or monkeys from Trinidad.

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