Investigating the origin and spread of hepatitis C virus genotype 5a.

@article{Verbeeck2006InvestigatingTO,
  title={Investigating the origin and spread of hepatitis C virus genotype 5a.},
  author={Jannick Verbeeck and Piet Maes and Philippe Lemey and Oliver G. Pybus and Elke Wollants and Ernie Song and Frederik Nevens and Johan M J Fevery and Wayne Delport and Schalk van der Merwe and Marc van Ranst},
  journal={Journal of virology},
  year={2006},
  volume={80 9},
  pages={4220-6}
}
Epidemiological and phylogenetic studies of hepatitis C virus (HCV) have identified six major HCV genotypes and have attempted to characterize their origin and spread worldwide. Putative regions of endemic infection have been identified for all HCV genotypes except HCV genotype 5a. Although HCV genotype 5a was previously thought to be largely restricted to the northern part of South Africa, this study reports an unexpected cluster of the genotype in West Flanders Province in Belgium. To… CONTINUE READING
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