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Published Resources Details Journal Article

Doherty, R.L.; Whitehead, R.H.; Wetters, Judith and Gorman, B.M
Studies of the epidemiology of Arthropod-Borne Virus Infections at Mitchell River Mission, Cape York Peninsula, North Queensland. II. Arbovirus Infections of Mosquitoes, Man and Domestic Fowls, 1963-1966
Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
vol. 62, no. 3, 1968, pp. 430-438

19 strains of 6 viruses (Kunjin, Kokobera, MRM3929, Koongol, Kowanyama and MRM3630) were isolated from 40,508 mosquitoes collected on 8 occasions from March 1963 to November 1966, at Mitchell River Mission in Cape York Peninsula, Queensland. Isolation rates were lower than in earlier collections in the same area, varied markedly between years, and were very low in each dry season (October-November) when only 4 strains were isolated, all from Anopheline mosquitoes. One virus isolated, Kowanyama, appears to be unrelated to all agents with which it has been compared; one, MRM3630, is related to but easily distinguishable from Mapputta virus; one, MRM3929, was previously isolated from a bird from the same area, but the isolation reported is the first from mosquitoes. Serological tests of children and domestic fowls gave supporting evidence of the occurrence of infections with Group B arboviruses, and also demonstrated infections with Sindbis and Ross River virus. The findings do not indicate the mode of survival of arboviruses in the markedly seasonal environment in this area.