Phylogenetic pattern of SARS-CoV-2 from COVID-19 patients from Bosnia and Herzegovina: lessons learned to optimize future molecular and epidemiological approaches

  • Teufik Goletic Veterinary faculty of University of Sarajevo, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4317-3433
  • Rijad Konjhodzic ALEA Genetic Center, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Nihad Fejzic Veterinary faculty of University of Sarajevo, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Sejla Goletic Veterinary faculty of University of Sarajevo, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Toni Eterovic Veterinary faculty of University of Sarajevo, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Adis Softic Veterinary faculty of University of Sarajevo, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Aida Kustura Veterinary faculty of University of Sarajevo, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Lana Salihefendic ALEA Genetic Center, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Maja Ostojic University Clinical Hospital of Mostar, Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Maja Travar University Clinical Centre of the Republic of Srpska, Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Visnja Mrdjen University Clinical Centre of the Republic of Srpska, Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Nijaz Tihic University Clinical Center Tuzla, Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Sead Jazic General Hospital "Abdulah Nakas", Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Sanjin Musa Institute for Public Health of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Damir Marjanovic Center for Applied Bioanthropology, Institute for Anthropological Researches, Zagreb, Croatia; Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences, International Burch University, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Mirsada Hukic The Academy of Science and Arts of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Keywords: COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, whole genome sequencing, Viral infections, Nanopore sequencing, phylogeny, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Abstract

This is the first report of molecular and epidemiology findings from Bosnia and Herzegovina related to ongoing SARS-CoV-2 epidemic. Whole Genome Sequence of four samples from COVID-19 outbreaks was done in two laboratories in Bosnia and Herzegovina (Veterinary Faculty Sarajevo and Alea Genetic Center). All four BiH sequences cluster mainly with European ones (Italy, Austria, France, Sweden, Cyprus, England). The constructed phylogenetic tree indicates possible multiple independent introduction events.  The data presented contributes to a better understanding of COVID-19 in the current reemergence of the disease.

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Phylogenetic pattern of SARS-CoV-2 from COVID-19 patients from Bosnia and Herzegovina
Published
2021-02-12
How to Cite
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Goletic T, Konjhodzic R, Fejzic N, Goletic S, Eterovic T, Softic A, Kustura A, Salihefendic L, Ostojic M, Travar M, Mrdjen V, Tihic N, Jazic S, Musa S, Marjanovic D, Hukic M. Phylogenetic pattern of SARS-CoV-2 from COVID-19 patients from Bosnia and Herzegovina: lessons learned to optimize future molecular and epidemiological approaches. Bosn J of Basic Med Sci [Internet]. 2021Feb.12 [cited 2021Feb.26];. Available from: https://www.bjbms.org/ojs/index.php/bjbms/article/view/5381
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New and Emerging Medical Entities