Characterization of the Punta Toro species complex (genus Phlebovirus, family Bunyaviridae)

Gustavo Palacios, Michael R. Wiley, Amelia P.A. Travassos da Rosa, Hilda Guzman, Evelia Quiroz, Nazir Savji, Jean Paul Carrera, Ana Valeria Bussetti, Jason T. Ladner, W. Ian Lipkin, Robert B. Tesh

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Punta Toro virus (PTV), a member of the PTV complex, is a relatively common causative agent of febrile illness in Panama that is often misdiagnosed as ‘dengue’ or ‘influenza’. Currently, only two named members make up this species complex, PTV and Buenaventura virus (BUEV). Genomic and antigenic characterization of 17 members of the PTV complex, nine of which were isolated from human acute febrile illness cases, reveals that this species complex is composed of six distant viruses. We propose to add four additional new viruses, designated Leticia virus, Cocle virus, Campana virus and Capira virus.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2079-2085
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of General Virology
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2015
Externally publishedYes

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  • Virology


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