East African Virus Research Institute Report July 1958 - June 1959

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1958/1959
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Ministry Of Agriculture
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The general policy of the Institute has remained unchanged. the approach to virus studies being essentially ecological, using the word in its widest sense to cover interaction between virus. host (both vertebrate and invertebrate) and environment. Moreover, attention has, as before, been confined to those viruses which are transmitted to man by arthropods (insects, ticks, etc.). When it is realized that about 60 different viruses are now known or suspected of being arthropod borne, it will at once be admitted that no apology is necessary for this approach; mosquitoes are involved or suspected in the transmission of no less than 48 of these, and man has been implicated in 47 of them. Twenty-six of these viruses have been found in Africa, 14 of them coming from East Africa itself. As a final justification of this policy, if justification is needed, one might mention that 11 of the 14 East African viruses were originally isolated in this Institute, three of them during the current year.
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