Complete genome reconstruction of the global and European regional dispersal history of the lumpy skin disease virus.

Last updated on 11-12-2023 by Steven Van Borm

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Lumpy skin disease virus (LSDV) causes a disease of economic importance affecting cattle. Its global epidemiology is complex due to the combination of vector-borne and anthropogenic spread, the circulation of vaccine-like recombinants, and the use of vaccines. The slow molecular evolution of its DNA genome limits the utility of genetic variation for accurate tracing based on evolutionary analyses, but this limitation has not yet been formally assessed. Furthermore, until present, whole genome sequencing in affected areas has remained patchy. This study combines the first fine-grained sampli…

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