Phylogenetic analysis of a human isolate from the 2000 Israel West Nile virus epidemic

Briese T, Rambaut A, Pathmajeyan M, Bishara J, Weinberger M, Pitlik S & Lipkin WI

(2002) Emerg Infect Dis 8, 528-531.

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.

Andrew Rambaut, 2007