In 2 separate experiments the blood-feeding fly Haematobia thirouxi potans (Bezzi) failed to transmit foot and- mouth disease virus when transferred from viraemic (log 2,6 - log 4,3 MLD₅₀ or TCID₅₀/ml) to susceptible cattle. Each experiment involved 2 susceptible and 2 viraemic animals housed in separate stables and 2000 - 4000 flies of which most had fed on viraemic hosts 120 min prior to transfer. Furthermore, only minimal quantities of virus were isolated from free-living flies captured on experimentally infected buffalo (Syncerus caffer) in the acute stages of infection.
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