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Emerg Infect Dis. 2019 Jul;25(7):1384-1388. doi: 10.3201/eid2507.190257.

Epidemiology of Human Parechovirus Type 3 Upsurge in 2 Hospitals, Freiburg, Germany, 2018.

Abstract

In 2018, a cluster of pediatric human parechovirus (HPeV) infections in 2 neighboring German hospitals was detected. Viral protein 1 sequence analysis demonstrated co-circulation of different HPeV-3 sublineages and of HPeV-1 and -5 strains, thereby excluding a nosocomial outbreak. Our findings underline the need for HPeV diagnostics and sequence analysis for outbreak investigations.

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Germany; VP1 sequence; outbreak; parechovirus; pediatric; phylogeny; surveillance; upsurge; viral protein 1 sequence; viruses

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