World Reference Center for Arboviruses and Retroviruses
Annual rept. 9 Feb 1987-8 Feb 1988,
YALE UNIV NEW HAVEN CT SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
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The World Reference Center for Arboviruses and Retroviruses identified viruses from Thailand, Nepal, Egypt, Colombia, and Panama. Cache Valley virus from a recruit on jungle training was characterized. RNA-RNA hybridization of orbiviruses and reassortment of these dsRNA viruses correlated. Attempts to identify by IFA a novel agent from Kaposis sarcoma cases were negative with a battery of arboviruses retrovirus HIV isolation capability was transferred to Bogota in a collaborative study. Virus reference reagents for arboviruses were distributed to military laboratories and other laboratories world-wide. A low passage collection of viruses was augmented to over 330 strains.