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Vesicular Stomatitis-Alagoas (VSA)

Strain: Brazil 1964

R. B. TeshPacific Research Section, NAIAD, P.O. Box 1680, Honolulu, Hawaii 96806

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Information from: R. B. Tesh, Pacific Research Section, NAIAD, P.O. Box 1680, Honolulu, Hawaii 96806, 3 December 1975.

Antigenic group: Vesicular Stomatitis group.

Original source: Isolated by Claudio de Moraes Andrade at Recife, Brazil1 from tongue epithelium of mule showing vesicular lesions of tongue and feet. Scrapings of tongue lesions collected in July 1964 at Alagoas, Brazil, Lat. 9°S,Long. 36° W. Habitat: Moist tropical lowland encompassing sugar plantation. Storage: Stored in glycerin at -20°C until tested.

Method of isolation in laboratory: Newborn mice inoculated ip1 on 27 July 1964.

Validity of isolation: It is unknown whether reisolation was attempted or whether it was successful or not.

Properties of virus: Physical: Bullet-shaped.2 Chemical: Single stranded RNA. Resistance to chemicals: Sensitive to chloroform.1 Antigenic: Not tested for HA activity.