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Ilheus Virus Infection in Human, Bolivia

Venegas, Erika A ; Aguilar, Patricia V ; Cruz, Cristhopher ; Guevara, Carolina ; Kochel, Tadeusz J ; Vargas, Jorge ; Halsey, Eric S

Emerging Infectious Diseases, 2012, Vol.18(3), p.516-518 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    Ilheus Virus Infection in Human, Bolivia
  • Author/Creator: Venegas, Erika A ; Aguilar, Patricia V ; Cruz, Cristhopher ; Guevara, Carolina ; Kochel, Tadeusz J ; Vargas, Jorge ; Halsey, Eric S
  • Subjects: Letters To The Editor ; Letter ; Ilheus Virus ; Flavivirus ; Viruses ; Phylogenetics ; Humans ; Bolivia ; Bolivian Amazon ; Mosquitoes
  • Is Part Of: Emerging Infectious Diseases, 2012, Vol.18(3), p.516-518
  • Description: To the Editor: Ilheus virus (ILHV) was first isolated from mosquitoes of the genera Ochlerotatus and Psorophora near Ilheus, Bahia, Brazil, in 1944 (1). After its discovery, the virus was also isolated from other mosquito species, including the genera Culex, Sabethes, Haemagogus, and Trichoprosopon, and from a variety of birds in different countries in Latin America (2). Only a few reports describe isolation of this virus from humans in Central and South America with symptoms ranging from subclinical to severe febrile disease (2–6). In mild cases, patients often reported gastrointestinal or respiratory symptoms lasting ≈1 week. In severe cases, either the central nervous or cardiac system can be affected. However, long-term sequelae or deaths have not been described. No epidemics attributed to ILHV have been reported.
  • Identifier: ISSN: 1080-6040 ; E-ISSN: 1080-6059 ; DOI: 10.3201/eid1803.111486 ; PMCID: 3309592 ; PMID: 22377378