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Molecular detection of bovine kobuviruses in Italy

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Faecal samples obtained from either asymptomatic or diarrhoeic calves in Italy were screened for bovine kobuviruses (BKVs) using specific primers. BKV RNA was detected in 4.9 % of the samples, with higher positivity rates in diarrhoeic calves (5.3 %) than in asymptomatic animals (4.8 %), although the difference was not statistically significant. Upon sequence analysis, all of the Italian viruses formed a tight group along with BKV-like sequences previously detected in Thailand and Japan.

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We thank Dr. Giovanni Befacchia for the collection of faecal specimens. The work was financed by grants from the University of Teramo, Italy, and from the Italian Ministry of University and Research.

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Di Martino, B., Di Profio, F., Di Felice, E. et al. Molecular detection of bovine kobuviruses in Italy. Arch Virol 157, 2393–2396 (2012).

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