Molecular epidemiology of Dobrava-Belgrade virus in Greece.

Research paper by Katerina K Tsergouli, Elipida E Papadopoulu, Katerina K Tsioka, Anna A Papa

Indexed on: 10 Jun '18Published on: 10 Jun '18Published in: Infection, Genetics and Evolution


In order to gain an insight into the genetic relatedness of the Dobrava-Belgrade virus (DOBV) in Greece, a phylogenetic analysis was performed based on all currently available DOBV sequences obtained from hospitalized cases with hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS). Most cases occurred in northwestern and north central part of the country. Two sequence datasets consisted of 41 S and 12 M partial DOBV RNA segment sequences were analyzed. All DOBV strains belong to Dobrava genotype which is associated with the rodent Apodemus flavicollis. In both phylogenetic trees (S and M segments), two main clusters of Greek strains could be distinguished. Phylogenetic analysis showed a spatial rather than temporal relation of the strains, since their genetic clustering was highly associated with the geographic distribution of the cases. Besides previous characterized endemic foci, novel ones have been identified, expanding our knowledge on the epidemiology of HFRS in Greece. Copyright © 2017. Published by Elsevier B.V.