First detection of Toscana virus RNA from sand flies in the genus Phlebotomus (Diptera: Phlebotomidae) naturally infected in Morocco.

@article{Essette2012FirstDO,
  title={First detection of Toscana virus RNA from sand flies in the genus Phlebotomus (Diptera: Phlebotomidae) naturally infected in Morocco.},
  author={Nargys Es-sette and Jalal Nourlil and Salsabil Hamdi and Fouad Mellouki and Meryem Lemrani},
  journal={Journal of medical entomology},
  year={2012},
  volume={49 6},
  pages={1507-9}
}
In total, 656 sand flies were collected in June 2008 from Louata, a locality of Sefrou province, Morocco. Testing was conducted for the presence of phlebovirus by nested reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction and sequencing. We detected Toscana virus in four pools of male Phlebotomus perniciosus. This virus belongs to the genotype B previously recognized in France and Spain. This is the first time that Toscana virus has been detected in Morocco. 

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