Newly recognized mosquito-associated viruses in mainland China, in the last two decades

Virol J. 2011 Feb 14;8:68. doi: 10.1186/1743-422X-8-68.


There are four principal arboviruses in mainland China. Two kinds of them are mosquito-borne viruses, namely Japanese encephalitis virus and dengue virus, which lead to Japanese encephalitis, and dengue fever/dengue hemorrhagic fever respectively; the other two are tick-borne viruses, namely tick-borne encephalitis virus and Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever virus (also known as Xinjiang hemorrhagic fever virus), which contribute to tick-borne encephalitis and Xinjiang hemorrhagic fever respectively. With exception of these four main arboviruses, many other mosquito-associated viruses have been isolated and identified in recent years. These newly isolated and identified mosquito-associated viruses are probably responsible for human and animal infections and diseases. The purpose of this review is to describe the newly isolated mosquito-associated viruses in mainland China which belong to five viral families, including their virological properties, phylogenetic relationships, serological evidence, as well as to appeal the public health concentration worldwide.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • China / epidemiology
  • Culicidae / virology*
  • Humans
  • Insect Vectors / virology*
  • Phylogeny
  • Virus Diseases / epidemiology
  • Virus Diseases / virology*
  • Viruses / classification
  • Viruses / genetics
  • Viruses / isolation & purification*