Arthropod-borne virus information exchange Number ten, October 1964
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Arthropod-borne virus information exchange Number ten, October 1964

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      Issue number ten of the Arbovirus Infoexchange marks a milestone, not only as the tenth dispatch in little more than four years, but as a uniquely conscientious and expeditious interchange of scientific information on a global scale. Not only are the reports more numerous, giving geographically comprehensive coverage—with the exception of the Asian land mass—on what is really going on in arbovirus research, but it is obvious that the literary quality of the contributions is remarkable, reflecting many factors, not the least of which are the increasing sophistication of our field of science and a more profound appreciation of what each laboratory and investigator's effort means to the whole.

      In this issue, we can see the evolution of increased emphasis on investigation of the mammalian host in reports ranging from those on rodents in New Jersey to bats in Africa. While dengue fevers and CNS involvement and mortality from Venezuelan equine encephalitis in man, along with hemorrhagic fever in central South America, continue to be the most serious problems in the New World, hemorrhagic dengue and related Chikungunya occupy an ever-widening area of concern in south and southeastern Asia. The lack of reporting from India fails to give an otherwise balanced perspective to this problem which now looms large enough for the World Health Organization to sponsor a special conference on mosquito transmitted hemorrhagic fevers in Bangkok beginning October 19. This disease struck Calcutta and environs in the latter part of 1963. Here, as in Bangkok, Saigon, Manila, Penang, and Singapore, the etiology is not absolutely clear because both dengue and Chikungunya virus activity has been identified.

      The opinions or views expressed by the contributors do not constitute an endorsement or approval by the U. S. Government, DHEW, PHS, Communicable Disease Center.

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