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A 2-year survey of the prevalence of enteric viral infections in children compared with contamination in locally-harvested oysters

  • T. Yamashita (a1), K. Sakae (a1), Y. Ishihara (a1) and S. Isomura (a1)

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We studied, for two years, the prevalence of indigenous human enteric viruses in wild oysters gathered each month from the bottom of Mikawa Bay, Aichi Prefecture, Japan. Viruses were detected periodically in 9 out of 54 oyster pools prepared by the acid or polyethylene glycol precipitation method although all these 9 pools met current national bacteriological safety standards. Since most of the serotypes of the enteric viruses detected in the oysters were identical with those of viruses isolated from sick children living in the area, it is suggested that contamination of enteric viruses in the oysters would depend on the prevalence of enteric viral infections in the local inhabitants.

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A 2-year survey of the prevalence of enteric viral infections in children compared with contamination in locally-harvested oysters

  • T. Yamashita (a1), K. Sakae (a1), Y. Ishihara (a1) and S. Isomura (a1)

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