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Mosquito-Borne St. Louis Encephalitis (SLE) This occurs in endemic and epidemic form throughout the Americas and is the most important arboviral disease of North America. It is closely related to Japanese encephalitis and the Murray Valley encephalitis viruses. From 1955 to 1988 more than 5,000 cases of SLE were reported to the Centers for Disease Control. The reported cases are only a fraction of those that actually occur. The largest epidemic occurred in 1975 when 1,815 cases were reported. The virus is maintained in nature by a bird-mosquito-bird cycle.

The majority of fleas periodically attack burrow or nestdwelling parasites. Fleas are widely spread on all continents, Antarctica included. They occur on hosts and in their nests and in all types of habitats from the equatorial deserts and tropical Vectors: Bugs that Carry Disease rainforests to the northernmost regions of Arctic tundra. Among the prominent representatives of this order there are vectors of plague microbes, murine typhus rickettsiae, and other pathogens. The great practical significance of fleas can be very well understood from the fact that bubonic plague, the pathogen of which (Yersinia pestis) was carried by the rat flea Xenopsylla cheopis, had once threatened to wipe out humans from many countries in the world.

An inactivated vaccine has been prepared. Although the vaccine has few side effects, it does not appear to be fully effective against the virus. FLAVIVIRUSES Viruses of the family Flaviviridae are important viruses in both human and veterinary medicine. They are transmitted by Hemorrhagic Fevers mosquitoes and ticks and usually are maintained in a transmission cycle in nature. They are widely distributed throughout the world with the exception of the polar region, although specific flaviviruses may be geographically restricted to a continent or a particular region.

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