Usutu Virus: An Emerging Flavivirus in Europe

  title={Usutu Virus: An Emerging Flavivirus in Europe},
  author={Usama Ashraf and Jing Ye and Xindi Ruan and Shengfeng Wan and Bibo Zhu and Shengbo Cao},
Usutu virus (USUV) is an African mosquito-borne flavivirus belonging to the Japanese encephalitis virus serocomplex. USUV is closely related to Murray Valley encephalitis virus, Japanese encephalitis virus, and West Nile virus. USUV was discovered in South Africa in 1959. In Europe, the first true demonstration of circulation of USUV was reported in Austria in 2001 with a significant die-off of Eurasian blackbirds. In the subsequent years, USUV expanded to neighboring countries, including Italy… CONTINUE READING


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