#Phylogenetic Analysis of #Bird-Virulent #WNV Strain, #Greece (Emerg Infect Dis., abstract)

[Source: US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Emerging Infectious Diseases Journal, full page: (LINK). Abstract, edited.]

Volume 25, Number 12—December 2019 / Research Letter

Phylogenetic Analysis of Bird-Virulent West Nile Virus Strain, Greece

George Valiakos, Konstantinos Plavos, Alexandros Vontas, Marina Sofia, Alexios Giannakopoulos, Themis Giannoulis, Vassiliki Spyrou, Constantina N. Tsokana, Dimitrios Chatzopoulos, Maria Kantere, Vasilis Diamantopoulos, Angeliki Theodorou, Spyridoula Mpellou, Athanasios Tsakris, Zissis Mamuris, and Charalambos Billinis

Author affiliations: University of Thessaly, Karditsa, Greece (G. Valiakos, K. Plavos, A. Vontas, M. Sofia, A. Giannakopoulos, T. Giannoulis, V. Spyrou, C.N. Tsokana, D. Chatzopoulos, M. Kantere, Z. Mamuris, C. Billinis); Public Health Director—Region of Peloponnese, Tripoli, Greece (V. Diamantopoulos); Directorate-General for Regional Agricultural Economics and Veterinary—Region of Peloponnese, Nafplio, Greece (A. Theodorou); Bioefarmoges Eleftheriou LP—Integrated Mosquito Control, Marathon, Greece (S. Mpellou); University of Athens, Athens, Greece (A. Tsakris)



We report the full polyprotein genomic sequence of a West Nile virus strain isolated from Eurasian magpies dying with neurologic signs in Greece. Our findings demonstrate the local genetic evolution of the West Nile virus strain responsible for a human disease outbreak in the country that began in 2010.

Keywords: West Nile Virus; Wild birds; Human; Greece.


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