Human Tick-Borne Encephalitis and Characterization of Virus from Biting Tick

Emerg Infect Dis. 2016 Aug;22(8):1485-7. doi: 10.3201/eid2208.151962.


We report a case of human tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) in which the TBE virus was isolated from the biting tick. Viral growth and sequence were characterized and compared with those of a reference strain. Virus isolation from ticks from patients with TBE may offer a new approach for studies of epidemiology and pathogenicity.

Keywords: RNA; case report; cell culture; flavivirus; sequence analysis; tick-borne encephalitis; tick-borne encephalitis virus; vector-borne infections; viruses.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • A549 Cells
  • Aged
  • Animals
  • Encephalitis Viruses, Tick-Borne / genetics*
  • Encephalitis, Tick-Borne / diagnosis
  • Encephalitis, Tick-Borne / pathology
  • Encephalitis, Tick-Borne / virology*
  • Humans
  • Ixodes / virology*
  • Male
  • Nymph / virology
  • RNA, Viral / isolation & purification
  • Ticks


  • RNA, Viral