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Molecular Epidemiology and Evolutionary Trajectory of Emerging Echovirus 30, Europe

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  • Kimberley S M Benschop
  • Eeva K Broberg
  • Emma Hodcroft
  • Dennis Schmitz
  • Jan Albert
  • Anda Baicus
  • Jean-Luc Bailly
  • Gudrun Baldvinsdottir
  • Natasa Berginc
  • Soile Blomqvist
  • Sindy Böttcher
  • Mia Brytting
  • Erika Bujaki
  • Maria Cabrerizo
  • Cristina Celma
  • Ondrej Cinek
  • Eric C J Claas
  • Jeroen Cremer
  • Jonathan Dean
  • Jennifer L Dembinski
  • Iryna Demchyshyna
  • Sabine Diedrich
  • Susanne Dudman
  • Jake Dunning
  • Robert Dyrdak
  • Mary Emmanouil
  • Agnes Farkas
  • Cillian De Gascun
  • Guillaume Fournier
  • Irina Georgieva
  • Ruben Gonzalez-Sanz
  • Jolanda van Hooydonk-Elving
  • Anne J Jääskeläinen
  • Ruta Jancauskaite
  • Kathrin Keeren
  • Thea K Fischer
  • Sidsel Krokstad
  • Lubomira Nikolaeva-Glomb
  • Ludmila Novakova
  • Sofie E Midgley
  • Audrey Mirand
  • Richard Molenkamp
  • Ursula Morley
  • Joël Mossong
  • Svajune Muralyte
  • Jean-Luc Murk
  • Trung Nguyen
  • Svein A Nordbø
  • Riikka Österback
  • Suzan Pas
  • Laura Pellegrinelli
  • Vassiliki Pogka
  • Birgit Prochazka
  • Petra Rainetova
  • Marc Van Ranst
  • Lieuwe Roorda
  • Isabelle Schuffenecker
  • Rob Schuurman
  • Asya Stoyanova
  • Kate Templeton
  • Jaco J Verweij
  • Androniki Voulgari-Kokota
  • Tytti Vuorinen
  • Elke Wollants
  • Katja C Wolthers
  • Katherina Zakikhany
  • Richard Neher
  • Heli Harvala
  • Peter Simmonds
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In 2018, an upsurge in echovirus 30 (E30) infections was reported in Europe. We conducted a large-scale epidemiologic and evolutionary study of 1,329 E30 strains collected in 22 countries in Europe during 2016-2018. Most E30 cases affected persons 0-4 years of age (29%) and 25-34 years of age (27%). Sequences were divided into 6 genetic clades (G1-G6). Most (53%) sequences belonged to G1, followed by G6 (23%), G2 (17%), G4 (4%), G3 (0.3%), and G5 (0.2%). Each clade encompassed unique individual recombinant forms; G1 and G4 displayed >2 unique recombinant forms. Rapid turnover of new clades and recombinant forms occurred over time. Clades G1 and G6 dominated in 2018, suggesting the E30 upsurge was caused by emergence of 2 distinct clades circulating in Europe. Investigation into the mechanisms behind the rapid turnover of E30 is crucial for clarifying the epidemiology and evolution of these enterovirus infections.

Original languageEnglish
JournalEmerging Infectious Diseases
Volume27
Issue number6
Pages (from-to)1616-1626
Number of pages11
ISSN1080-6040
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Publication statusPublished - Jun 2021

    Research areas

  • Echovirus Infections, Enterovirus B, Human/genetics, Enterovirus Infections, Europe, Genotype, Humans, Molecular Epidemiology, Phylogeny, Sequence Analysis, DNA

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