Molecular epidemiology and emergence of Rift Valley fever

Mem Inst Oswaldo Cruz. Sep-Oct 1998;93(5):609-14. doi: 10.1590/s0074-02761998000500009.


Rift Valley fever (RVF) is a mosquito-borne viral disease which manifested itself during recent epidemics and revealed its significant potential of emergence. Studies on molecular epidemiology undertaken to better understand the factors leading to RVF emergence, have confirmed the mode of circulation of the virus and highlighted probable risks and obstacles for prevention and control. As for several other viral agents, molecular epidemiology is becoming a useful tool in the study of the emergence of RVF as a serious infectious disease.

MeSH terms

  • Africa / epidemiology
  • Humans
  • Molecular Epidemiology
  • Phylogeny
  • Rift Valley Fever / epidemiology*
  • Rift Valley Fever / prevention & control
  • Rift Valley fever virus / genetics*