Venezuelan equine encephalomyelitis virus

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Ven·e·zu·e·lan e·quine en·ceph·a·lo·my·e·li·tis vi·rus

a group A arbovirus of the genus Alphavirus, family Togaviridae, occurring in Venezuela and several other South American countries, in Panama and Trinidad, and occasionally the U.S. causing Venezuelan equine encephalomyelitis in horses and humans; it seems to be more viscerotropic than neurotropic; the virus is transmitted by Culex mosquitoes.
Synonym(s): VEE virus
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Q) In an unprecedented biomedical event in the history of VEE, the epizoodemic VEE virus subtype was transported from northern South America to Central America (3).
The reservoir of epizoodemic VEE virus during interepizootic periods is unknown, but studies during the 1990s and 2000s suggest an enhanced virulence of certain isolates of sylvatic virus subtypes and strains for equids, which occasionally are replicated to high titers under undetermined favorable conditions, with subsequent selection of an epizoodemic clone from a mixed virus population that causes clinical VEE and infects mosquitoes.
VEE virus subtype ID was isolated from a child with neurologic and severe hemorrhagic manifestations in the northern Peruvian jungle.
Many questions remain about the effect of VEE virus in the Jeberos community.