Molecular detection and characterization of aichi viruses in sewage-polluted waters of Venezuela

Ana Alcalá, Esmeralda Vizzi, Jesús Rodríguez-Díaz, José L. Zambrano, Walter Betancourt, Ferdinando Liprandi

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Abstract

The circulation of Aichi virus in a major urban area was demonstrated using molecular detection with samples recovered from a major river polluted with sewage discharges in Caracas, Venezuela. Five out of 11 water samples studied were positive, being classified by phylogenetic analysis as genotype B. Analysis of sewage waters appears to be a useful methodology to uncover the presence of a hitherto undetected fecal pathogen in a given geographical area.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4113-4115
Number of pages3
JournalApplied and environmental microbiology
Volume76
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2010
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Food Science
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Ecology

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