Serologic evidence of various arboviruses detected in white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) in the United States

Kerri Pedersen, Eryu Wang, Scott C. Weaver, Paul C. Wolf, Adam R. Randall, Kyle R. Van Why, Amelia P.A.Travassos Da Rosa, Thomas Gidlewski

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White-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) are an abundant mammal with a wide geographic distribution in the United States, which make them good sentinels for monitoring arboviral activity across the country. Exposure to various arboviruses has been detected in white-tailed deer, typically in conjunction with another diagnostic finding. To better assess the exposure of white-tailed deer to seven arboviruses, wetested 1,508 sera collected from 2010 to 2016 for antibodies to eastern equine encephalitis (2.5%), Powassan (4.2%), St. Louis encephalitis, (3.7%), West Nile (6.0%), Maguari (19.4%), La Crosse (30.3%), and bluetongue (7.8%) viruses. At least one arbovirus was detected in 51.3%, and exposure to more than one arbovirus was identified in 17.6% of the white-tailed deer sampled.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)319-323
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Parasitology
  • Virology
  • Infectious Diseases

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