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Non-biting flies that frequent dwellings, such as Musca domestica, have been incriminated in the spread of Poliomyelitis. The virus has been isolated from different species of Diptera and experimental transmission to monkeys succeeded. Experiments of exposing food, such as bananas, to flies in and about houses where polio was present became infected and produced polio to chimpanzees.
Given the associations of flies with polio it is certainly advisable to remain isolated from suspect Diptera carriers of the disease, especially during local outbreaks of the virus. See: Bang & Glaser (1943), Paul et al (1941), Sabin & Ward (1941), Toomey et al. (1941), Ward et al. (1945).
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