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flavivirus Line breaks: flavi|virus
Pronunciation: /ˈfleɪvɪvʌɪrəs/

Definition of flavivirus in English:


Any of a group of RNA viruses, mostly having arthropod vectors, which cause a number of serious human diseases including yellow fever, dengue, various types of encephalitis, and hepatitis C.
Example sentences
  • West Nile virus is a flavivirus within the Japanese encephalitis serocomplex, which includes St Louis encephalitis, yellow fever, and dengue fever.
  • Other flaviviruses are yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis, dengue, and Saint Louis encephalitis.
  • West Nile virus is an important arthropod borne flavivirus; it usually causes a mild infection called West Nile fever in humans and horses.
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