Saturday, May 15, 2004

Pappataci Fever

Also called �phlebotomus fever, �three-day fever�, or �sandfly fever� acute, infectious, febrile disease caused by a phlebovirus (family Bunyaviridae) and producing temporary incapacitation. It is transmitted to humans by the bloodsucking female sand fly (notably Phlebotomus papatasii, P. perniciosus, and P. perfiliewsi) and is prevalent in the moist subtropical countries of the Eastern Hemisphere lying between latitude 20� and 45� N, particularly

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