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Epidemiological characteristics of asymptomatic Norovirus infection in a population from oyster (Ostrea rivularis Gould) farms in southern China

  • Anna Wang (a1), Qiong Huang (a2), Lin Qin (a2), Xianwu Zhong (a1), Hui Li (a2), Rongfeng Chen (a2), Zhuang Wan (a2), Hong Lin (a2), Junhua Liang (a2), Jiansen Li (a2), Yali Zhuang (a3) and Yonghui Zhang (a2)...

Abstract

The following paper investigates the prevalence and characteristics of asymptomatic norovirus infection in the population living around oyster farm sites. Two consecutive surveys were conducted from January 2014 to December 2014 and 4549 stool samples were screened during the same time period. The total asymptomatic infection rate was 4.04% (184/4549). Norovirus infection rate was 5.20% in oyster farming population which was significantly higher compared with non-farming population where the infection rate was 3.65% (χ2 = 5.49, P < 0.05). A total of 184 NoV positive samples were identified by real time-quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR) and semi-nested RT-PCR and 136 sequences were obtained. The sequences were clustered into 14 genotypes. GI strains were clustered into six genotypes, including GI.2, GI.3, GI.5, GI.6, GI.8 and GI.9; while GII strains were clustered into GII.2, GII.3, GII.4, GII.5, GII.6, GII.8 and GII.13. GI.9 and GII.17 were the predominant and most prevalent genotypes, respectively. The GII.17 genotype replaced GII.4 becoming the dominant genotype in the oyster farming area in 2014. To sum up, long-term monitoring of asymptomatic infection is crucial for the detection of new variant strains and for identifying outbreaks during the early stage.

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Author for correspondence: Yonghui Zhang, E-mail: zyh@cdcp.org.cn

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Anna Wang and Qiong Huang were the two main authors for this work.

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Epidemiological characteristics of asymptomatic Norovirus infection in a population from oyster (Ostrea rivularis Gould) farms in southern China

  • Anna Wang (a1), Qiong Huang (a2), Lin Qin (a2), Xianwu Zhong (a1), Hui Li (a2), Rongfeng Chen (a2), Zhuang Wan (a2), Hong Lin (a2), Junhua Liang (a2), Jiansen Li (a2), Yali Zhuang (a3) and Yonghui Zhang (a2)...

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