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  • n. a large heterogeneous group of RNA viruses divisible into groups on the basis of the virions; they have been recovered from arthropods, bats, and rodents; most are borne by arthropods; they are linked by the epidemiologic concept of transmission between vertebrate hosts by arthropod vectors (mosquitoes, ticks, sandflies, midges, etc.) that feed on blood; they can cause mild fevers, hepatitis, hemorrhagic fever, and encephalitis


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  • Like many of my arborvirus friends, I give you fever and haemorrhage.

    Yellow Fever Virus


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  • In WordNet, "arborvirus" is listed as a synonym of "arbovirus". The spelling "arbovirus" is much more common. Either word is an acronym for ARthropod-BOrne VIRUS. I would avoid the spelling "arborvirus", because it's too likely to make you think of a "tree virus" (Latin "arbor": tree; arboretum, arborvitae, etc.)

    October 23, 2012