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  • n. Any of a large group of viruses transmitted by arthropods, such as mosquitoes and ticks, that include the causative agents of encephalitis, yellow fever, and dengue.

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  • n. Any virus that is transmitted by an arthropod

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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


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

ar(thropod-)bo(rne) virus.


  • Many experts believe that dengue is now the most worrisome arthropod-borne virus, or arbovirus, in the world (arthropods, which include insects, spiders, and crustaceans, have segmented body parts and an exoskeleton).

    Scott Dodd: Climate Change Drives Dengue Fever Re-Emergence in U.S.

  • Ecosystem modifications associated with developments such as dam building and the expansion of agricultural irrigation, for example, have sometimes increased the local incidence of infectious diseases such as malaria, schistosomiasis, and arbovirus infections, especially in the tropics.

    Ecosystems and Human Well-being Synthesis~ Appendix A. Ecosystem Service Reports

  • Rift Valley Fever (arbovirus) In the 1950s, this mosquito-borne virus was recognized in northern Kenya.

    Outbreak Of Fear

  • Oropouche (arbovirus) Identified in 1961 after causing flulike symptoms in 11,000 residents of Belem, Brazil.

    Outbreak Of Fear

  • West Nile Virus is a mosquito-borne arbovirus; birds serve as reservoirs of the virus, mosquitos obtain the virus by biting infected birds, then transmit it to humans.

    BIRDS ETCETERA—Birds, Birding, Birders, and Birdwatching

  • Anopheles mosquitoes type of mosquitoes that may transmit malaria and rural filariasis arbovirus an arthropod-borne virus, i.e. a virus that is transmitted by insects, ticks or mites bilharziasis see: schistosomiasis cost-effectiveness analysis

    Chapter 4

  • Japanese encephalitis (JE) an zoonotic disease caused by an arbovirus and which, due to the breeding behaviour of the mosquito vector, is strongly associated with irrigated rice cultivation in Asia leishmaniasis

    Chapter 4

  • · Meningo-ncephalitis (e.g. measles, arbovirus): supportive treatment as for coma: feeding-hydration, nursing.

    Chapter 6

  • Teheran, where I worked in 1952 and 1953 on rabies, plague, arbovirus infections, scurvy and other epidemic disease in Iran,

    D. Carleton Gajdusek - Autobiography

  • Aedes albopictus and potential for involvement in arbovirus cycles in the Mediterranean basin.

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  • “Arbovirus” is a descriptive term applied to hundreds of predominantly RNA viruses that are transmitted by arthropods, notably mosquitoes and ticks. Arboviruses are often maintained in complex cycles involving vertebrates such as mammals or birds and blood-feeding vectors. Until recently, only a few arboviruses had caused clinically significant human diseases, including mosquito-borne alphaviruses such as chikungunya and flaviviruses such as dengue and West Nile. The most historically important of these is yellow fever virus, the first recognized viral cause of deadly epidemic hemorrhagic fever.
    Anthony S. Fauci & David M. Morens,

    January 14, 2016