St. Louis Encephalitis in Panama

I. Isolation of the Virus from Forest Mosquitoes and Human Blood

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  • Gorgas Memorial Laboratory, Panama, Republic of Panama
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Isolation of St. Louis encephalitis virus in Panama is reported. The virus was recovered five times from Sabethes chloropterus. It was also recovered from a pool of S. cyaneus, S. tarsopus (and a related new species), S. undosus, S. fabricii, and from human blood. It was present over a period of at least 8 months in Paya, Darien.