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1 November 2014 Isolation of Tahyna Virus (California Encephalitis Group) from Anopheles hyrcanus (Diptera, Culicidae), a Mosquito Species New to, and Expanding in, Central Europe
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Two strains of Tahyna virus (TAHV; Orthobunyavirus, Bunyaviridae) were isolated from 4,568 (92 pools) female Anopheles hyrcanus Pallas (Diptera, Culicidae) mosquitoes collected on the fishponds in South Moravia (Czechland, central Europe) during July–August 2013. This is the first isolation of TAHV from An. hyrcanus in Europe. An. hyrcanus is a species new to Czechland since 2007; its population density was very high in the year 2013 at these ponds. The virus isolation procedure was based on intracerebral inoculation of newborn mice; moreover, the positive pools were also tested by polymerase chain reaction and found to contain TAHV RNA. An. hyrcanus, feeding preferentially on mammals including humans, may be a new potential vector for TAHV in Europe.

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Z. Hubalek, O. Sebesta, J. Pesko, L. Betasova, H. Blazejova, K. Venclikova, and I. Rudolf "Isolation of Tahyna Virus (California Encephalitis Group) from Anopheles hyrcanus (Diptera, Culicidae), a Mosquito Species New to, and Expanding in, Central Europe," Journal of Medical Entomology 51(6), 1264-1267, (1 November 2014). https://doi.org/10.1603/ME14046
Received: 18 March 2014; Accepted: 1 August 2014; Published: 1 November 2014
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