Phylogeographic analysis of human influenza A and B viruses in Myanmar, 2010–2015

Khin Thu Zar Htwe, Clyde Dapat, Yugo Shobugawa, Takashi Odagiri, Akinobu Hibino, Hiroki Kondo, Ren Yagami, Takehiko Saito, Nobuhiro Takemae, Tsutomu Tamura, Hisami Watanabe, Yadanar Kyaw, Nay Lin, Yi Yi Myint, Htay Htay Tin, Win Thein, Latt Latt Kyaw, Pan Ei Soe, Makoto Naito, Hassan ZaraketHiroshi Suzuki, Takashi Abe, Reiko Saito

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Abstract

We investigated the circulation patterns of human influenza A and B viruses in Myanmar between 2010 and 2015 by analyzing full HA genes. Upper respiratory tract specimens were collected from patients with symptoms of influenza-like illness. A total of 2,860 respiratory samples were screened by influenza rapid diagnostic test, of which 1,577 (55.1%) and 810 (28.3%) were positive for influenza A and B, respectively. Of the 1,010 specimens that were positive for virus isolation, 370 (36.6%) were A(H1N1)pdm09, 327 (32.4%) were A(H3N2), 130 (12.9%) B(Victoria), and 183 (18.1%) were B(Yamagata) viruses. Our data showed that influenza epidemics mainly occurred during the rainy season in Myanmar. Our three study sites, Yangon, Pyinmana, and Pyin Oo Lwin had similar seasonality and circulating type and subtype of influenza in a given year. Moreover, viruses circulating in Myanmar during the study period were closely related genetically to those detected in Thailand, India, and China. Phylogeographic analysis showed that A(H1N1)pdm09 viruses in Myanmar originated from Europe and migrated to other countries via Japan. Similarly, A (H3N2) viruses in Myanmar originated from Europe, and disseminated to the various countries via Australia. In addition, Myanmar plays a key role in reseeding of influenza B viruses to Southeast Asia and East Asia as well as Europe and Africa. Thus, we concluded that influenza virus in Myanmar has a strong link to neighboring Asian countries, Europe and Oceania.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0210550
JournalPloS one
Volume14
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Jan

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • General

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