Epidemiologic and phylogenetic analysis of the 2018 west Nile virus (WNV) outbreak in Israel demonstrates human infection of WNV lineage I

Yaniv Lustig, Ruslan Gosinov, Neta Zuckerman, Yael Glazer, Laor Orshan, Danit Sofer, Eli Schwartz, Gili Schvartz, Yigal Farnoushi, Avishai Lublin, Oran Erster, Uri Shalom, Tamar Yeger, Orna Mor, Emilia Anis, Ella Mendelson

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Abstract

As at 12 November 2018, an outbreak of West Nile virus (WNV) was responsible for 139 WNV infection cases in Israel. Here, we characterise the epidemiology of the outbreak and demonstrate that only WNV lineage I was circulating in mosquitoes and responsible for WNV infection in humans. This suggests that the concurrence of the outbreak in Israel with WNV outbreaks in several European countries is not due to a common, more virulent WNV genotype.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1800662
JournalEurosurveillance
Volume24
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 3 Jan 2019

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