Thogoto Virus is also known as Influenza D, but that designation can create some confusion because the synonym Influenza D is also sporadically used for Human Parainfluenza Virus type 1 (HPIV-1).
 in ticks in 1965 in Kenya. Ticks are a known vector for all sorts of disease causing agents, such as viruses, bacteria, parasites, etc. Somewhat later it was discovered that cattle could be infected with the Thogoto Virus. Sheep are also at risk.
Then the hunt was on to see if the Thogoto Virus had the potential to cause pandemics. Did it have antigenic drift? Were antigenic shifts a possibility? Researchers compared virus isolates from Portugal, Italy, Nigeria, Central African Republic, Cameroon and Iran. Considering the broad geographic distribution of these strains, the antigenic differences seen appear to be essentially minor. This uniformity suggests that the distribution of Thogoto Virus is due to repeated introduction of virus from common sources and that such introduction may depend on the movement of tick-infested domestic animals.
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 Davies: Tick virus diseases of sheep and goats in Parasitologica - 1997
 Moore et al: Arthropod-borne viral infections of man in Nigeria, 1964-1970 in Annals of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology - 1975