Genetic Characterization of Rubella Virus Strains Detected in Spain 1998-2014.

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PLoS One. 2016 Sep 13;11(9):e0162403. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0162403. eCollection 2016.

Genetic Characterization of Rubella Virus Strains Detected in Spain 1998-2014.

Martínez-Torres AO12 Mosquera MM13 De Ory F13 González-Praetorius A4 Echevarría JE13.

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The National Plan for the Elimination of Rubella was implemented in Spain in 2008 using the logistics of the National Plan for the Elimination of Measles that have been employed since year 2000. Molecular characterization of rubella virus (RUBV) is important for disease surveillance and for monitoring elimination of the disease throughout the world. We describe the first complete series of data regarding the circulation of RUBV genotypes in Spain. The 739-nucleotide fragment designated by the WHO for RUBV genotyping was sequenced in 88 selected cases collected from 1998 to 2014. Five genotypes were identified: 1E 2B 1J 1I and 1a. Genotype 1E was predominant between 1998 and 2003 but was replaced by genotype 2B which was detected in sporadic cases in 2004 2006 2008 2012 2013 and 2014. There was an outbreak of genotype 2B in Algeciras (Andalusia) in 2008. Genotype 1J caused an outbreak in Madrid in 2004/2005 and sporadic cases in 2005 and 2007. Genotype 1I was found to have infected an immune-suppressed patient with neurological symptoms in 2008. Finally vaccine strain RA 27/3 was detected in three sporadic cases two of them immune-suppressed and without a recent history of vaccination. This suggests that during these years there were a series of imported sporadic cases and outbreaks confirming the findings of epidemiological data analysis. The importation sources were generally consistent with our geographic and cultural ties mainly with Europe (genotypes 1E 2B 1I) and Latin America (1J).


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