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Volume 1, Number 1—January 1995

Emergence of Barmah Forest Virus in Western Australia1

Michael D.A. Lindsay, Cheryl A. Johansen, Annette K. Broom, David W. Smith*, and John S. MacKenzie
Author affiliations: Department of Microbiology, The University of Western Australia, Queen Elizabeth II Medical Centre, Nedlands, WA; *State Health Laboratory Services, Queen Elizabeth II Medical Centre, Nedlands, WA

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Mosquito species from which BF virus was isolated in Western Australia by region and date, 1989 1993*

Region+ Locality Species Date Isolates
East Kimberley Billiluna Ae. bancroftianus 22 Apr 1989 1
East Kimberley Billiluna Ae. eidsvoldensis 22 Apr 1989 3
East Kimberley Billiluna Ae. pseudonormanensis 22 Apr 1989 1
East Kimberley Billiluna An. amictus 22 Apr 1989 2
East Kimberley Billiluna An. annulipes s.l. 22 Apr 1989 1
East Kimberley Halls Creek Cx. annulirostris 11 Feb 1993 1
West Kimberley Broome Ae. vigilax 10-16 Feb 1993 9
West Kimberley Fitzroy Crossing Cx. annulirostris 13 Feb 1993 1
West Kimberley Willare Ae. normanensis 16 Mar 1993 1
Pilbara (Fortescue) Onslow Ae. EN Marks' sp. #85 13-14 Jun 1992 3
Pilbara (Fortescue) Onslow Cx. annulirostris 13 Jun 1992 1
Pilbara (Fortescue) Onslow An. amictus 13-14 Jun 1992 2
Pilbara (Fortescue) Exmouth Ae. vigilax 16 Jun-11 Jul 1992 7
Gascoyne (West) Minilya Ae. eidsvoldensis 7 Jul 1992 5
Gascoyne (West) Minilya Ae. Eidsvoldensis (bloodfed) 7 Jul 1992 1
Gascoyne (West) Minilya Ae. EN Marks' sp. #85 7 Jul 1992 1
Gascoyne (West) Carnarvon Ae. eidsvoldensis 12 Jul 1992 3
Gascoyne (West) Carnarvon Ae. EN Marks' sp. #85 12 Jul 1992 1
Gascoyne (West) Carnarvon Cx. quinquefasciatus 12 Jul 1992 1
Gascoyne (West) Carnarvon Unidentifiable mosquitoes 12 Jul 1992 1
Central Coastal Karnup Cx. annulirostris 4 Jan 1993 1
Central Coastal Karnup Cq. species near linealis 4 Jan 1993 4
Central Coastal Perth Cx. annulirostris 6 Jan 1993 1
South Coastal Australind Ae. camptorhynchus 6 Jul 1993 1
South Coastal Mandurah (Peel) Ae. camptorhynchus 5 Aug-5 Oct 1993 10
South Coastal Busselton Ae. camptorhynchus 1 Sep-15 Nov 1993 9
South Coastal
Cx. globocoxitus
1 Nov 1993
Total 73

* Numbers of mosquitoes trapped and processed and estimated minimum field
infection rates for each region will be published in detail elsewhere.
+Refer to Figure for location of regions and towns from which isolates of BF virus were obtained.

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1This report is adapted from and expands on a previous bulletin. (1)

2This species is similar to, but distinct from Coquillettidia linealis, according to E.N. Marks, the leading Culicid taxonomist in Australia.

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