Measles in Italy: Co-circulation of B3 variants during 2014

Fabio Magurano, Melissa Baggieri, Licia Bordi, Eleonora Lalle, Maria Chironna, Tiziana Lazzarotto, Antonella Amendola, Fausto Baldanti, Filippo Ansaldi, Antonietta Filia, Silvia Declich, Stefania Iannazzo, Maria Grazia Pompa, Paola Bucci, Antonella Marchi, Loredana Nicoletti

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In 2013, the majority of the WHO/EUR countries reported an annual incidence of >1 case per one million population indicating that the elimination target is far from being met. Thus, there is the urgent need to uncover and analyze chains of measles virus (MV) transmission with the objective to identify vulnerable groups and avoid possible routes of introduction of MV variants in the European population. The analysis of molecular epidemiology of MV B3 strains identified in 2014 has shown that four different variants co-circulated in Italy, including the strain that caused a cruise-line ship outbreak at the beginning of the year.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1081-1085
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Medical Virology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2016


  • Endemic infection
  • Epidemiology
  • Evolution
  • Genetic variability
  • Measles virus
  • Virus classification

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Virology
  • Infectious Diseases


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