Volume 20, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



The name “Tuleniy” is proposed for a Group B arbovirus isolated from ticks collected from rifts in rocks at a seabird colony (Common Murre, ) on Tuleniy Island, Sea of Okhotsk. Strain LEIV-6C was shown to be a RNA-containing virus less than 50 nm in size, sensitive to ether and sodium deoxycholate, and pathogenic for infant and 3-week-old mice after intracerebral inoculation. Cross reactivity was demonstrated with several Group B arboviruses by tests using a goose-cell hemagglutinin and a complement-fixing antigen prepared from the agent and hyperimmune serum prepared in rabbits. However, in neutralization tests, the virus was not neutralized by antisera to tick-borne encephalitis, West Nile, St. Louis, and Japanese B encephalitis, nor were these viruses neutralized by antisera to LEIV-6C. Replication of the virus was demonstrated in experimentally infected , with biological transmission to suckling mice, and in the tick . Three additional strains of virus, recovered from both male and female ticks at the same time and collecting place, were shown to be identical with LEIV-6C.


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