Arbovirus Studies in the Ohio-Mississippi Basin, 1964–1967

VI. Mermet: A Simbu-Group Arbovirus

C. H. CalisherNational Communicable Disease Center, Health Services and Mental Health Administration, U. S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Center for Zoonoses Research, University of Illinois, Atlanta, Georgia 30333

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R. H. KokernotNational Communicable Disease Center, Health Services and Mental Health Administration, U. S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Center for Zoonoses Research, University of Illinois, Atlanta, Georgia 30333

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J. F. de MooreNational Communicable Disease Center, Health Services and Mental Health Administration, U. S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Center for Zoonoses Research, University of Illinois, Atlanta, Georgia 30333

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K. R. BoydNational Communicable Disease Center, Health Services and Mental Health Administration, U. S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Center for Zoonoses Research, University of Illinois, Atlanta, Georgia 30333

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A new arbovirus of the Simbu group was isolated from birds in the United States. Its properties in common with arboviruses are sensitivity to sodium desoxycholate, low pH, and heat labilities, and its possession of ribonucleic acid. Antigenic comparisons with various members of the Simbu group of arboviruses showed this virus to be closely related to, but distinguishable from, Ingwavuma and Manzanilla viruses. The name Mermet virus is proposed after a lake in the region from which the virus was first isolated.

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National Communicable Disease Center, Atlanta, Georgia 30333.

Center for Zoonoses Research, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois 61801.

Formerly at the National Communicable Disease Center, Atlanta, Georgia. Present address: Université de Lovanium, République Démocratique du Congo, Africa.

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