1 November 2012 First Detection of Toscana Virus RNA from Sand Flies in the Genus Phlebotomus (Diptera: Phlebotomidae) Naturally Infected in Morocco
N. Es-Sette, J. Nourlil, S. Hamdi, F. Mellouki, M. Lemrani
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Abstract

In total, 656 sand flies were collected in June 2008 from Louata, a locality of Sefrou province, Morocco. Testing was conducted for the presence of phlebovirus by nested reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction and sequencing. We detected Toscana virus in four pools of male Phlebotomus perniciosus. This virus belongs to the genotype B previously recognized in France and Spain. This is the first time that Toscana virus has been detected in Morocco.

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N. Es-Sette, J. Nourlil, S. Hamdi, F. Mellouki, and M. Lemrani "First Detection of Toscana Virus RNA from Sand Flies in the Genus Phlebotomus (Diptera: Phlebotomidae) Naturally Infected in Morocco," Journal of Medical Entomology 49(6), 1507-1509, (1 November 2012). https://doi.org/10.1603/ME12042
Received: 29 February 2012; Accepted: 22 August 2012; Published: 1 November 2012
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KEYWORDS
Morocco
phlebovirus
RT Nested PCR
sand fly
Toscana virus
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