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From Patricia Doyle, PhD
This confirms the obvious.  Mosquitoes are man's deadliest enemy and they can, and do,
vector ANY virus, including HIV. Once a mosquito has fed upon an infected animal...bird or chicken, for example,
- or an infected human - they become instant carriers of the disease.  Viruses can remain in the digestive tract of a mosquito for
days, or they can reside on and in the mouth parts of the insect and are easily injected into the next animal or person bitten. -ed
Source: Vector Borne Zoonotic Dis. 2008 Feb;8(1):105-110
Avian Influenza H5N1 Virus In Mosquitoes
Collected From Thai Poultry Farm
The abstract reproduced below is from a paper published in the current issue of Vector-borne and Zoonotic Diseases. The paper is titled: "Detection of H5N1 Avian Influenza Virus from Mosquitoes Collected in an Infected Poultry Farm in Thailand. The authors are Barbazan P, Thitithanyanont A, Misse D, Dubot A, Bosc P, Luangsri N, Gonzalez JP, Kittayapong P.; at the Center of Excellence for Vectors and Vector-Borne Diseases, Faculty of Science, Mahidol University at Salaya, Nakhonpathom, Thailand, and Institut de Recherche pour le Developpement, IRD-UR 178, Paris, France.
"Blood-engorged mosquitoes were collected at poultry farms during an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza in Central Thailand during October 2005. These mosquitoes tested positive for H5N1 virus by reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). Results were confirmed by limited sequencing of the H5 and N1 segments.
Infection and replication of this virus in the C6/36 mosquito cell line was confirmed by quantitative real-time PCR. However, transmission by mosquitoes was not evaluated, and further research is needed. Collecting and testing mosquitoes engorged with the blood of domestic or wild animals could be a valuable tool for veterinary and public health authorities who conduct surveillance for H5N1 virus spread."
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