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1 September 2014 Natural Vertical Transmission of Ndumu Virus in Culex pipiens (Diptera: Culicidae) Mosquitoes Collected as Larvae
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Ndumu virus (NDUV) is a member of the family Togaviridae and genus Alphavirus. In Kenya, the virus has been isolated from a range of mosquito species but has not been associated with human or animal morbidity. Little is know about the transmission dynamics or vertebrate reservoirs of this virus. NDUV was isolated from two pools of female Culex pipiens mosquitoes, IJR37 (n = 18) and IJR73 (n = 3), which were collected as larvae on 15 April 2013 from two dambos near the village of Marey, Ijara District, Garissa County, Kenya, and reared to adults and identified to species. These results represent the first field evidence of vertical transmission of NDUV among mosquitoes.

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Joel Lutomiah, Juliette Ongus, Kenneth J. Linthicum, and Rosemary Sang "Natural Vertical Transmission of Ndumu Virus in Culex pipiens (Diptera: Culicidae) Mosquitoes Collected as Larvae," Journal of Medical Entomology 51(5), 1091-1095, (1 September 2014). https://doi.org/10.1603/ME14064
Received: 16 April 2014; Accepted: 1 July 2014; Published: 1 September 2014
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