Detection of St. Louis encephalitis virus antigen in mosquitoes by capture enzyme immunoassay.

Surveillance methods that measure St. Louis encephalitis (SLE) virus activity in nature may provide forewarning of its epidemic occurrence in humans. An antigen capture enzyme immunoassay was developed to detect SLE virus in infected mosquitoes. The assay detected purified SLE viral antigen at a concentration of 62 pg/0.1 ml when antigen was incubated… (More)