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Scientists developing vaccine for virus carried by Asian longhorned tick

Severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome, a potentially fatal condition caused by a virus carried by Asian longhorned ticks where they are endemic, interferes with TPL2 gene activity, suppressing the body's immune response and allowing the virus to proliferate, according to researchers who studied SFTS in ferrets. The findings, published in Nature Microbiology, are helping researchers develop a vaccine, says first author Younho Choi, a development that could combat a serious public health worry as the tick is found in more parts of the US.

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