Epidemiologic observations in Polynesia suggested that Aedes polynesiensis Marks served as a natural vector of dengue in that area. This mosquito species was shown to be capable of transmitting dengue from monkey to monkey in the laboratory. A hemagglutination-inhibition test was used to demonstrate the occurrence of the infection in the experimental monkeys.
Laboratory of Tropical Diseases, National Microbiological Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland.
Department of Parasitology, School of Hygiene and Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland.
The work in Baltimore was supported in part by a grant from the office of Naval Research, Department of the Navy.
Children's Hospital Research Foundation, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, Ohio.
The work performed in Cincinnati was carried out under the auspices of the Commission on Virus and Rickettsial Diseases of the Armed Forces Epidemiological Board and was supported by funds provided under contract AF 18 (600)-548 with the U.S.A.F. School of Aviation Medicine, Randolph Field, Texas.