Association of Vertebrate Pathogens with Ecological Perturbation of Tropical Forests.
Annual technical rept. 1 Jun 72-30 Jun 73,
WISCONSIN UNIV MADISON DEPT OF VETERINARY SCIENCE
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Field phases of mammalogical, entomological and microbiological studies were completed during this period and efforts redirected towards follow-up laboratory studies. Entomological data provide a basic description of phlebotomine sand fly biting activity in humid neotropical regions as related to humans. Further, two new tabanid species have been identified which may be of public health importance. The micro-biological aspects of the study are increasingly emphasized. Studies directed towards establishing associations of pathogens with the bird, mammal and biting insect fauna of primary and secondary forests and nearby clearings are being concluded. Considerable public health considerations are becoming apparent, for example, sera of wild and domesticated animals indicated the presence of vesicular stomatitis virus, several viruses have been isolated from mosquitos and Venezuelan equine encephalomyelitis isolates suggest this virus is enzootic in the area. Modified author abstract