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Where Did Brand New Bourbon Virus Come From?
How Did It Get Here?

From Patricia Doyle PhD

Hello Jeff - I did a bit of digging on our new 'Bourbon virus' in Kansas and found that Thogotovirus has been previously isolated from ticks in Africa and southern Europe.

This is one we will need to monitor in Spring, Summer and Fall as more people could contract this killer and die.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Thogotovirus is a genus in the virus family Orthomyxoviridae. It can replicate in both tick cells and vertebrate cells and usually is transmitted by ticks.

A Thogoto virus can be transmitted from infected to uninfected ticks when co-feeding on uninfected guinea pigs, even though the guinea pigs do not develop detectable viraemia.

THOV has been isolated from ticks in Africa and southern Europe. During the summer of 2014, the only known New World species of Thogoto virus killed one man in Bourbon County, Kansas. The previously unknown species was named "Bourbon Virus."[1] THOV is known to infect humans in natural settings. THOV has 6 RNA segments.[2]

DHOV has been isolated from ticks in India, eastern Russia, Egypt, and southern Portugal. DHOV is able to infect humans, causing a febrile illness and encephalitis. DHOV has 7 RNA segments.[3]



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