Phylogenetic and virulence analysis of tick-borne encephalitis virus field isolates from Switzerland.

  title={Phylogenetic and virulence analysis of tick-borne encephalitis virus field isolates from Switzerland.},
  author={Rahel G{\"a}umann and Daniel Rů{\vz}ek and Kathrin S M{\"u}hlemann and M Elizabeth Strasser and Christian M. Beuret},
  journal={Journal of medical virology},
  volume={83 5},
Tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) is an endemic disease in Switzerland, with about 110-120 reported human cases each year. Endemic areas are found throughout the country. However, the viruses circulating in Switzerland have not been characterized so far. In this study, the complete envelope (E) protein sequences and phylogenetic classification of 72 TBE viruses found in Ixodes ricinus ticks sampled at 39 foci throughout Switzerland were analyzed. All isolates belonged to the European subtype and… CONTINUE READING
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