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Phylogenetic Analysis of Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever Virus in Inner Mongolia, China

By Yunyi Kong, Chao Yan, Dongxiao Liu, Lingling Jiang, Gang Zhang, Biao He, Yong Li

Posted 06 Jun 2021
bioRxiv DOI: 10.1101/2021.06.06.447231

Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever virus (CCHFV) is a tick-borne arbovirus that can cause bleeding and death in humans. The mortality rate in humans is between 5 to 30%. The pathogen is prevalent in more than 30 countries in the world. In China, reports of strains of CCHFV have been concentrated in Xinjiang province. However, the CCHFV strain has never been reported in Inner Mongolia, China. This study reports new CCHFV strains, HANM-18, from Hyalomma asiaticum and Hyalomma dromedarii collected in Alxa Left Banner and Alxa Right Banner in Inner Mongolia. Complete sequences of CCHFV were obtained by the nested PCR technique and used for analyzing the identity and evolutionary relationship with other CCHFV strains. Interestingly, our results showed that the S and L fragments of the HANM-18 strain had high degrees of identity with Xingjiang isolate strains, and the M fragment had significant identity with South African isolates. These analyses also indicate that the HANM-18 strain may have been prevalent in northwest Inner Mongolia for many years. This discovery will be helpful in CCHF prevention and control in Inner Mongolia, and it also adds new evidence to the epidemiology of CCHF in China.

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