Usutu virus RNA in mosquitoes, Israel, 2014–2015

Batya Mannasse, Ella Mendelson, Laor Orshan, Orna Mor, Uri Shalom, Tamar Yeger, Yaniv Lustig*

*Corresponding author for this work

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We identified Usutu virus (USUV) RNA in 6 pools of mosquitoes trapped in northern Israel during 2014–2015. These Israeli strains were most similar to strains identified in Senegal and Germany, which further elucidates common ancestry and evolutionary dynamics of USUV. Our findings suggest that human infection with USUV might occur in Israel.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1699-1702
Number of pages4
JournalEmerging Infectious Diseases
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2017


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