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Phylogenetic Analysis of a Human Isolate from the 2000 Israel West Nile virus Epidemic

  • Author(s): Briese, Thomas
  • Rambaut, Andrew
  • Pathmajeyan, Melissa
  • Bishara, Jihad
  • Weinberger, Miriam
  • Pitlik, Silvio
  • Lipkin, W. Ian
  • et al.
Abstract

Specimens from a patient of the 2000 Israel West Nile virus epidemic were analyzed by reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction. Products corresponding to E, NS3, and NS5 sequences were amplified from cerebellar but not from cortical samples. Phylogenetic analyses indicated a closer relationship of this isolate to 1996 Romanian and 1999 Russian than to 1998-99 Israeli or 1999 New York isolates.

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