Ecological Relationships between Arboviruses, Ectoparasites and Vertebrates in Ethiopia.
Rept. no. 3 (Annual), 1 Sep 73-31 Aug 74,
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY WASHINGTON DC DEPT OF VERTEBRATE ZOOLOGY
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The purpose of this project is to identify the natural vertebrate hosts of pathogenic arboviruses that infect man in Ethiopia. The methods of study are collection and identification of vertebrate animals species areas where the viruses are endemic, determination of the immunological status of the material, and elucidation of the relative ecological and epidemiological importance of the infected vertebrates. Five study areas have been established representing a diverse cross-section of habitats and geographic regions. Sera have been tested against three Group B hemagglutinating antigens. These tests confirm the previous findings that there are no major differences in antibody rates between the five areas. Modified author abstract