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Whole-genome sequence analysis of Zika virus, amplified from urine of traveler from the Philippines.

Gu S.H., Song D.H., Lee D., Jang J., Kim M.Y., Jung J., Woo K.I., Kim M., Seog W., Oh H.S., Choi B.S., Ahn J.S., Park Q., Jeong S.T.

Zika virus (ZIKV) (genus Flavivirus, family Flaviviridae) is an emerging pathogen associated with microcephaly and Guillain-Barré syndrome. The rapid spread of ZIKV disease in over 60 countries and the large numbers of travel-associated cases have caused worldwide concern. Thus, intensified surveillance of cases among immigrants and tourists from ZIKV-endemic areas is important for disease control and prevention. In this study, using Next Generation Sequencing, we reported the first whole-genome sequence of ZIKV strain AFMC-U, amplified from the urine of a traveler returning to Korea from the Philippines. Phylogenetic analysis showed geographic-specific clustering. Our results underscore the importance of examining urine in the diagnosis of ZIKV infection.

Virus Genes 53:918-921(2017) [PubMed] [Europe PMC]

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