Chikungunya fever in two German tourists returning from the Maldives, September, 2009

M Pfeffer, I Hanus, T Löscher, T Homeier, G Dobler
Euro Surveillance 2010, 15 (13)
This report describes the first isolation and molecular characterisation of a chikungunya virus from two German tourists who became ill after a visit to the Maldives in September 2009. The virus contained the E1 A226V mutation, shown to be responsible for an adaptation to the Asian tiger mosquito Aedes albopictus. The E1 coding sequence was identical to chikungunya virus isolates from Sri Lanka and showed three nt-mismatches to the only available E1 nt sequence from the Maldives.

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