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western equine encephalomyelitis virus

 

Definition: a group A arbovirus of the genus Alphavirus, family Togaviridae, occurring in the western U.S. and parts of South America; it occurs naturally, usually as a symptomless infection in birds, but causes western equine encephalomyelitis in horses and humans following transfer by the bites of mosquitoes, chiefly Culex tarsalis.

Synonym(s): WEE virus

See Also: western equine encephalomyelitis

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