Existence of hepatitis C virus in Culex quinquefasciatus after ingestion of infected blood: Experimental approach to evaluating transmission by mosquitoes

T. T. Chang, T. Y. Chang, C. C. Chen, K. C. Young, J. N. Roan, Y. C. Lee, P. N. Cheng, H. L. Wu

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Abstract

We used PCR to detect hepatitis C virus (HCV) RNA among supernatants of ground Culex quinquefasciatus mosquitoes that (i) had been fed HCV-positive blood, (ii) had been intrathoracically inoculated with HCV-positive blood, or (iii) were from homes of hepatitis C patients. HCV RNA was detectable under all three conditions, but it did not replicate in mosquitoes and was not detectably transmitted during feeding.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3353-3355
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Clinical Microbiology
Volume39
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2001

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Microbiology (medical)

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