western equine encephalomyelitis virus

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west·ern e·quine en·ceph·a·lo·my·e·li·tis vi·rus

a group A arbovirus of the genus Alphavirus, family Togaviridae, occurring in the western U.S. and parts of South America; it occurs naturally, usually as a symptomless infection in birds, but causes western equine encephalomyelitis in horses and humans following transfer by the bites of mosquitoes, chiefly Culex tarsalis.
See also: western equine encephalomyelitis.
Synonym(s): WEE virus
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The ecology of western equine encephalomyelitis virus in the Central Valley of California, 1945-1985.
Laboratory transmission of western equine encephalomyelitis virus by mosquitoes of the genera Culex and Culiseta.
Her research focuses on the evolution of western equine encephalomyelitis virus (WEEV) as it is serially passaged in different insect vectors and the correlation between phenotypic and genotypic changes in WEEV as it replicates in different vector species.
Louis encephalitis and western equine encephalomyelitis virus activity in California from 1969-1997.
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Louis encephalitis and Western equine encephalomyelitis virus, as were serum samples taken 8 and 16 days after onset of illness.

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