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Novel human herpesvirus 8 subtype D strains in Vanuatu, Melanesia.

Abstract : We show human herpesvirus 8 with diverse molecular subtype D variants to be highly endemic among the Ni-Vanuatu population. Most K1 genes were nearly identical to Polynesian strains, although a few clustered with Australian or Taiwanese strains. These results suggest diverse origins of the Ni-Vanuatu population and raise questions about the ancient human population movements in Melanesia.
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Olivier Cassar, Philippe V. Afonso, Sylviane Bassot, Sabine Plancoulaine, Renan Duprez, et al.. Novel human herpesvirus 8 subtype D strains in Vanuatu, Melanesia.. Emerging Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2007, 13 (11), pp.1745-8. ⟨10.3201/eid1311.070636⟩. ⟨pasteur-00531335⟩

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