New Lineage of Lassa Virus, Togo, 2016

Emerg Infect Dis. 2018 Mar;24(3):599-602. doi: 10.3201/eid2403.171905.


We describe a strain of Lassa virus representing a putative new lineage that was isolated from a cluster of human infections with an epidemiologic link to Togo. This finding extends the known range of Lassa virus to Togo.

Keywords: Lassa fever; Lassa virus; Togo; arenaviruses Old World; viral hemorrhagic fever; viruses.

Publication types

  • Historical Article
  • Letter
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Chlorocebus aethiops
  • Genes, Viral
  • History, 21st Century
  • Humans
  • Lassa Fever / epidemiology*
  • Lassa Fever / history
  • Lassa Fever / virology*
  • Lassa virus / classification*
  • Phylogeny
  • Togo / epidemiology
  • Vero Cells