Serological studies on the epidemiology of sandfly fever in the Old World

R. B. Tesh, S. Saidi, J. S. Gajdamovic, F. Rodhain, J. Vesenjak-Hirjan

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Selected human sera from 59 different localities in Africa, the Mediterranean littoral, eastern Europe and Asia were examined by plaque reduction neutralization test against eight sandfly (Phlebotomus) fever virus serotypes (Sicilian, Naples, Arumowot, SudAn 754-61, Karimabad, Salehabad, Gordil and Saint Floris) known to occur in the Old World. Results of these studies provide new information on the geographic distribution and prevalence of human infection with each of the viruses. Specific neutralizing antibodies were detected against all of the agents exept Salehabad. Naples and Sicilian antibodies were encounterd most frequently and had the widest geographic range; morover they were found only in areas where Phlebotomus papatasi occurs. Age-specific antibody rates for several of the viruses are presented. These data and the epidemiology of sandfly fever are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)663-674
Number of pages12
JournalBulletin of the World Health Organization
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1976
Externally publishedYes

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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