Evolution of Influenza B Virus in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, between 1995 and 2008.


Journal Article

Influenza B virus causes significant disease but remains understudied in tropical regions. We sequenced 72 influenza B viruses collected in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from 1995 to 2008. The predominant circulating lineage (Victoria or Yamagata) changed every 1 to 3 years, and these shifts were associated with increased incidence of influenza B. We also found poor lineage matches with recommended influenza virus vaccine strains. While most influenza B virus lineages in Malaysia were short-lived, one circulated for 3 to 4 years.

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Cited Authors

  • Sam, I-C; Su, YCF; Chan, YF; Nor'E, SS; Hassan, A; Jafar, FL; Joseph, U; Halpin, RA; Ghedin, E; Hooi, PS; Fourment, M; Hassan, H; AbuBakar, S; Wentworth, DE; Smith, GJD

Published Date

  • September 2015

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 89 / 18

Start / End Page

  • 9689 - 9692

PubMed ID

  • 26136576

Pubmed Central ID

  • 26136576

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1098-5514

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0022-538X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1128/JVI.00708-15


  • eng