Sand Fly Fever-Naples Infection in Egypt

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  • * Epidemiology and Biometry Section, MICP, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, NIH, Bethesda, Maryland 20209
  • U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit No. 3, Cairo, Egypt
  • Ministry of Health, Cairo, Egypt
  • § United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, Fort Detrick, Frederick, Maryland 21701-5011
  • Ain Shams University Research and Training Center on Vectors of Diseases, Cairo, Egypt

Two Egyptian male patients with sand fly fever-Naples virus infection are presented. The virus was isolated from one patient while both patients had diagnostic rises in indirect fluorescent antibody titers to the virus. The viral isolate, SFN 85055, grows to much higher titers and plaques more efficiently than the prototype sand fly fever-Naples virus and should facilitate work with this virus.