Eurosurveillance reports on a novel tick-borne pathogen detected in south-eastern Finland

09 July 2019

Article: 53/2704

Research published in Eurosurveillance focuses on a newly identified tick-borne pathogen, Alongshan virus (ALSV) in Ixodes ricinus ticks, which are common across the European continent. ALSV is a segmented Jingmen virus group flavivirus, which was recently associated with human disease in China. Although screening of sera from Finnish patients suspected for tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBEV) revealed no human cases, the presence of ALSV in common European ticks is considered worthy of further investigation on its role as a human pathogen.

Source: Eurosurveillance, 4 July 2019