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Virology
Potential vector for West Nile virus prevalent in Kent
  1. Jolyon M. Medlock1,
  2. Alexander G. C. Vaux1,
  3. Gabriella Gibson2,
  4. Frances M. Hawkes2 and
  5. Robert A. Cheke2
  1. 1Medical Entomology Group, Public Health England, Porton Down, Salisbury SP4 0JG
  2. 2Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich, Chatham, Kent ME4 4TB
  1. e-mail: jolyon.medlock{at}phe.gov.uk

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THE mosquito Culex modestus is considered the main bridge vector of West Nile virus in continental Europe, responsible for transmitting the virus from birds to humans (Balenghien and others 2008). Cx modestus was reported in three nature reserves in north Kent in 2010 (Golding and others 2012) – 60 years after the previous UK report. Isolated specimens were then reported from Dorset and Cambridgeshire (Medlock and Vaux 2012).

Since 2012, medical entomologists at Public Health England and the University of Greenwich have conducted follow-up surveys to …

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