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1 December 2005 DETECTION OF WEST NILE VIRUS RNA FROM THE LOUSE FLY ICOSTA AMERICANA (DIPTERA: HIPPOBOSCIDAE)
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West Nile virus (WNV) was detected by Taqman reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction in 4 of 85 (4.7%) blood-engorged (n = 2) and unengorged (n = 2) Icosta americana (Leach) hippoboscid flies that were collected from wild raptors submitted to a wildlife rehabilitation center in Mercer County, NJ, in 2003. This report represents an additional detection of WNV in a nonculicine arthropod in North America and the first documented detection of the virus in unengorged hippoboscid flies, further suggesting a possible role that this species may play in the transmission of WNV in North America.

ARY FARAJOLLAHI, WAYNE J. CRANS, DIANE NICKERSON, PATRICIA BRYANT, BRUCE WOLF, AMY GLASER, and THEODORE G. ANDREADIS "DETECTION OF WEST NILE VIRUS RNA FROM THE LOUSE FLY ICOSTA AMERICANA (DIPTERA: HIPPOBOSCIDAE)," Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association 21(4), 474-476, (1 December 2005). https://doi.org/10.2987/8756-971X(2006)21[474:DOWNVR]2.0.CO;2
Published: 1 December 2005
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