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Taxonomy of Phleboviruses, Emphasizing Those That Are Sandfly-Borne

Phylogenetic Analysis of Massilia phlebovirus in Portugal

Centre for Vectors and Infectious Diseases Research, National Institute of Health Doutor Ricardo Jorge, Avenida da Liberdade n. 5, 2965-575 Águas de Moura, Portugal
Instituto de Saúde Ambiental, Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de Lisboa, Avenida Prof. Egas Moniz, Ed. Egas Moniz, 1649-028 Lisbon, Portugal
Campus da FCUL, Biosystems and Integrative Sciences Institute, Edificio TecLabs, Campo Grande, 1749-016 Lisbon, Portugal
Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, Mansfield Road, Oxford OX1 3SZ, UK
Laboratório de Flavivírus, Instituto Oswaldo Cruz Fiocruz, Avenida Brasil, Manguinhos, Rio de Janeiro 21045-900, Brazil
Laboratório de Genética Celular e Molecular, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Avenida Antônio Carlos n. 6627, Pampula, Belo Horizonte 31270-901, Brazil
Centre for Infection Medicine, Institute of Parasitology, University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, 30559 Hannover, Germany
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
These authors contributed equally.
Academic Editors: Charles H. Calisher and Mattia Calzolari
Viruses 2021, 13(7), 1412;
Received: 11 June 2021 / Revised: 6 July 2021 / Accepted: 14 July 2021 / Published: 20 July 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sand Fly-Borne Phleboviruses)
In the last two decades, molecular surveys of arboviruses have enabled the identification of several new viruses, contributing to the knowledge of viral diversity and providing important epidemiological data regarding possible new emerging viruses. A combination of diagnostic assays, Illumina sequencing and phylogenetic inference are here used to characterize two new Massilia phlebovirus strains isolated from sandflies collected in the Arrábida region, Portugal. Whole genome sequence analysis enabled their identification as reassortants and the recognition of genomic variants co-circulating in Portugal. Much is still unknown about the life cycle, geographic range, evolutionary forces and public health importance of these viruses in Portugal and elsewhere, and more studies are needed. View Full-Text
Keywords: phleboviruses; Massilia phlebovirus; Arrábida virus phleboviruses; Massilia phlebovirus; Arrábida virus
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Amaro, F.; Zé-Zé, L.; Lourenço, J.; Giovanetti, M.; Becker, S.C.; Alves, M.J. Phylogenetic Analysis of Massilia phlebovirus in Portugal. Viruses 2021, 13, 1412.

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Amaro, Fátima, Líbia Zé-Zé, José Lourenço, Marta Giovanetti, Stefanie C. Becker, and Maria J. Alves 2021. "Phylogenetic Analysis of Massilia phlebovirus in Portugal" Viruses 13, no. 7: 1412.

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