Novel Human Herpesvirus 8 Subtype D Strains in Vanuatu, Melanesia
Published Date:Nov 2007
Source:Emerg Infect Dis. 13(11):1745-1748.
Aged, 80 And Over
Fluorescent Antibody Technique
Herpesvirus 8, Human
Description:We show human herpesvirus 8 with diverse molecular subtype D variants to be highly endemic among the Ni-Vanuatu population. Most K1 genes were nearly identical to Polynesian strains, although a few clustered with Australian or Taiwanese strains. These results suggest diverse origins of the Ni-Vanuatu population and raise questions about the ancient human population movements in Melanesia.
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