Isolation of infectious bovine rhinotracheitis virus from the soft-shelled tick, Ornithodoros coriaceus

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Science  16 Apr 1982:
Vol. 216, Issue 4543, pp. 300-301
DOI: 10.1126/science.6278596


Infectious bovine rhinotracheitis virus was isolated from the soft-shelled tick (Ornithodoros coriaceus). Serological identification of the isolated viruses was confirmed by restriction endonuclease digestion of purified virus DNA. These isolations indicate that the soft-shelled tick may be a vector for infectious bovine rhinotracheitis virus. This may be the first reported isolation of mammalian herpesvirus from an arthropod vector.

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