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Volume 8, Number 12—December 2002

Research

Vector Competence of California Mosquitoes for West Nile virus

Laura B. Goddard*Comments to Author , Amy E. Roth*, William Reisen*, and Thomas W. Scott*
Author affiliations: *University of California, Davis, California, USA;

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Table 1

California mosquito species tested for vector competence for WNVa

Species Sourceb Generation
Culex tarsalis Yolo Co. F1
Bakersfield, Kern Co. F1
Coachella Valley, Riverside Co. F1
Cx. pipiens quinquefasciatus Bakersfield, Kern Co. F0
Coachella Valley, Riverside Co. F1
Orange Co. Wild adults
Cx. p. pipiens Shasta Co. F1
Cx. stigmatosoma Chino, San Bernardino Co Wild adults
Cx. erythrothorax San Joaquin Marsh, Orange Co. Wild adults
Coachella Valley, Riverside Co. Wild adults
Ochlerotatus dorsalis Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo Co. F0
Oc. melanimon Lost Hills, Kern Co. Wild adults
Oc. sierrensis Lake Co. F0
Aedes vexans Coachella Valley, Riverside Co. F1
Culiseta inornata Lost Hills, Kern Co. F0

aWNV, West Nile virus, Co., County; F0, adults reared from wild-caught larvae or eggs; F1, progeny from wild-caught adults reared in the laboratory; wild adults, wild-caught adults of unknown age.
bAll mosquitoes were collected during 2001 except Cx. p. quinquefasciatus (Orange Co.), Cx. stigmatosoma, Cx. erythrothorax, and Cx. inornata, which were collected during 2002.

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