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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VEE virus is endemic in South and Central America and Trinidad.
VEE virus cycles between rodents and mosquitoes with the most important vectors coming from the Culex spp.
In contrast to EEE and WEE, VEE virus causes a systemic infection with viremia rather than a localized brain infection.
Requests to the US State Department and US military authorities resulted in release of attenuated VEE virus vaccine strain TC-83 for emergency use in equids to stop equine disease and interrupt human infections.
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 acute-phase serum sample was positive for VEE virus by PCR; however, no virus was isolated in cell culture.
VEE virus subtype ID was isolated from a child with neurologic and severe hemorrhagic manifestations in the northern Peruvian jungle.
A more extensive serosurvey in 1962 1964 in four southeastern states found 23 of 770 serum specimens had antibodies against VEE virus (VEEV; Togaviridae: Alphavirus) (4).