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On the Use of Phylogeographic Inference to Infer the Dispersal History of Rabies Virus: A Review Study

Authors
  • Nahata, Kanika D; 112603;
  • Bollen, Nena; 120256;
  • Gill, Mandev S;
  • Layan, Maylis;
  • Bourhy, Herve;
  • Dellicour, Simon; 105548;
  • Baele, Guy; 75702;
Publication Date
Aug 01, 2021
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Lirias
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Abstract

Rabies is a neglected zoonotic disease which is caused by negative strand RNA-viruses belonging to the genus Lyssavirus. Within this genus, rabies viruses circulate in a diverse set of mammalian reservoir hosts, is present worldwide, and is almost always fatal in non-vaccinated humans. Approximately 59,000 people are still estimated to die from rabies each year, leading to a global initiative to work towards the goal of zero human deaths from dog-mediated rabies by 2030, requiring scientific efforts from different research fields. The past decade has seen a much increased use of phylogeographic and phylodynamic analyses to study the evolution and spread of rabies virus. We here review published studies in these research areas, making a distinction between the geographic resolution associated with the available sequence data. We pay special attention to environmental factors that these studies found to be relevant to the spread of rabies virus. Importantly, we highlight a knowledge gap in terms of applying these methods when all required data were available but not fully exploited. We conclude with an overview of recent methodological developments that have yet to be applied in phylogeographic and phylodynamic analyses of rabies virus. / status: published

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