A case of central nervous system infection due to a novel Sandfly Fever Virus (SFV) variant: Sandfly Fever Turkey Virus (SFTV)

J Clin Virol. 2012 May;54(1):79-82. doi: 10.1016/j.jcv.2012.01.014. Epub 2012 Feb 13.


We present a case of viral encephalitis due to Sandfly Fever Turkey Virus (SFTV), a novel phlebovirus genetically related to but distinct from Sandfly Fever Sicilian Virus (SFSV), recently identified in a 63-year-old female, via consensus PCR and sequencing. SFTV was initially characterized in 2010 in samples from outbreaks of febrile diseases occurred during 2007-2008 and to the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of an SFTV-related central nervous system (CNS) infection.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Base Sequence
  • Central Nervous System Infections / diagnosis*
  • Central Nervous System Infections / virology
  • Cluster Analysis
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Phlebotomus Fever / diagnosis*
  • Phlebotomus Fever / virology
  • Phlebovirus / isolation & purification*
  • Phylogeny
  • Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • RNA, Viral / genetics
  • Sequence Alignment
  • Sequence Analysis, DNA
  • Turkey


  • RNA, Viral

Associated data

  • GENBANK/JN907009