Chikungunya Virus Sequences from Current Outbreak —
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May 23, 2006

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We'd like to draw your attention to a research article published online in PLoS Medicine, entitled Genome Microevolution of Chikungunya Viruses Causing the Indian Ocean Outbreak by Sylvain Brisse (Institut Pasteur) and colleagues.

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The Study

Since late 2004, a large outbreak of chikungunya fever has been taking place in the Indian Ocean. For example, on the island of Réunion, approximately one-third of the total population of 770,000 were reportedly infected by April 2006. Sylvain Brisse and colleagues report the first molecular analysis of the chikungunya viruses involved in the outbreak. The complete genome sequence of viral isolates from 6 patients and partial sequences of isolates from 121 patients at different stages and locations of the outbreak reveal unique and evolving genetic features. Read more.

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