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PAGES: DOI: 10.1590/0074-02760170525 Short communication
Culex quinquefasciatus (Diptera: Culicidae) from Florida transmitted Zika virus

Chelsea T. Smartt1+ Dongyoung Shin+ Seokyoung Kang and Walter J. Tabachnick

University of Florida, IFAS, Department of Entomology and Nematology, Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory, 200 9th St. S.E., Vero Beach, FL 32962, U.S.A

Abstract

We report a laboratory colony of Culex quinquefasciatus mosquitoes were experimentally able to salivate Zika virus (ZIKV, Flaviviridae; Flavivirus) at 16 days post infection (dpi). ZIKV RNA was detected in bodies and in saliva deposited on filter paper cards with subsequent studies demonstrating the presence of live ZIKV in saliva.

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