Accession Number : ADA139518

Title :   Phlebotomus Fever Viruses in Panama.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. 1 Sep 80-31 Aug 81,

Corporate Author : GORGAS MEMORIAL LAB APO MIAMI 34002

Personal Author(s) : Millar,J W

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Report Date : Aug 1981

Pagination or Media Count : 38

Abstract : The epidemiology of Phlebotomus fever group viruses was studied in Panama. The project was subdivided into component sections: the incidence of Phlebotomus fever group viruses among US military personnel assigned to Panama; a serologic survey of cattle in Panama; a serologic survey and experimental infections of sylvatic vertebrates; an analysis of antigenic variation among strains of Chagres and Punta Toro viruses; laboratory rearing of phlebotomine sandflies; and Phlebotomus fever group viruses. Results of the study of these viruses among US soldiers in Panama found that both Chagres (CHG) and Punta Toro (PT) viruses were actively transmitted to US military personnel in Panama during 1980; that the incidence of PT viruses was approximately two-fold greater than the incidence of CHG viruses; that military companies which frequently engaged in field training exercises (infantry and combat support companies) had a higher incidence rate than did those companies which spent less time in field training; and that the incidence of infection among troops assigned to the Atlantic side of Panama was slightly greater than among those assigned to the Pacific side.

Descriptors :   *Sandfly fever virus infection , Panama , Epidemiology , Army personnel , Serology , Antibodies , Rates , Statistical data , Tables(Data)

Subject Categories : Medicine and Medical Research

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE