NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – A phylogenetic analysis of dengue viruses circulating in southern China has found that the virus may in fact be endemic there, according to a pair of researchers from the US and China.

Whether or not the virus circulates in southern Chinese provinces between outbreaks has been a point of debate, though the region's climate, dense population, and widespread distribution of mosquito vectors make it perfect for the spread and maintenance of the disease. A recent outbreak in 2014 in Guangdong sickened more than 40,000 people in two months.

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