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Differentiation of influenza B virus lineages Yamagata and Victoria by real-time PCR.

Robert Koch Institut, FG17 Influenza/Respiratorische Viren, Nordufer 20, 13353 Berlin, Germany.
Journal of clinical microbiology (Impact Factor: 4.16). 04/2010; 48(4):1425-7. DOI: 10.1128/JCM.02116-09
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ABSTRACT Since the 1970s, influenza B viruses have diverged into two antigenically distinct virus lineages called the Yamagata and Victoria lineages. We present the first real-time PCR assay for virus lineage differentiation to supplement classical antigenic analyses. The assay was successfully applied to 310 primary samples collected in Germany from 2007 to 2009.

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