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Culex mosquitoes are experimentally unable to transmit Zika virus.

Abstract : We report that two laboratory colonies of Culex quinquefasciatus and Culex pipiens mosquitoes were experimentally unable to transmit ZIKV either up to 21 days post an infectious blood meal or up to 14 days post intrathoracic inoculation. Infectious viral particles were detected in bodies, heads or saliva by a plaque forming unit assay on Vero cells. We therefore consider it unlikely that Culex mosquitoes are involved in the rapid spread of ZIKV.
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Fadila Amraoui, Célestine Atyame Nten, Anubis Vega-Rúa, Ricardo Lourenço-De-Oliveira, Marie Vazeille, et al.. Culex mosquitoes are experimentally unable to transmit Zika virus.. Eurosurveillance, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, 2016, 21 (35), ⟨10.2807/1560-7917.ES.2016.21.35.30333⟩. ⟨pasteur-01473720⟩



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