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  • Bocavirus Detected in Children Suffering from Acute Respiratory Tract Infections in Saudi Arabia

    http://www.plosone.org/article/info%...l.pone.0055500
    Detection of Bocavirus in Children Suffering from Acute Respiratory Tract Infections in Saudi Arabia

    Ahmed S. Abdel-Moneim mail,

    Mahmoud M. Kamel,

    Abdullhamid S. Al-Ghamdi,

    Mater I. R. Al-Malky

    Published: Jan 30, 2013
    DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0055500
    Abstract

    Human bocavirus (HBoV) was recently discovered in children with respiratory distress and/or diarrhea. To our knowledge, no previous study has reported the existence of bocavirus in Saudi Arabia. Swabs samples from 80 children with respiratory tract infections were examined for the presence of HBoV. Real-time polymerase chain reaction was used as a sensitive method to detect the HBoV. Direct gene sequencing was used to determine the genotype of the detected virus isolates. HBoV was detected in 22.5% of the examined patients. The NP1 partial gene sequence from all patients showed that the circulated strains were related to HBoV-1 genotype. Most of HBoV infected patients showed evidence of mixed coinfection with other viral pathogens. The current study clearly demonstrated that genetically conserved HBoV1 circulates in Saudi Arabia. Interestingly, most of the HBoV1 infected cases were associated with high rates of co-infections with other viruses.

    Citation: Abdel-Moneim AS, Kamel MM, Al-Ghamdi AS, Al-Malky MIR (2013) Detection of Bocavirus in Children Suffering from Acute Respiratory Tract Infections in Saudi Arabia. PLoS ONE 8(1): e55500. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0055500

    Editor: Jianming Qiu, University of Kansas Medical Center, United States of America

    Received: October 28, 2012; Accepted: December 23, 2012; Published: January 30, 2013

    Copyright: 2013 Abdel-Moneim et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

    Funding: This study was supported by a research grant (Project No. 1652-433-1) through the Research Support of Taif University, Saudi Arabia. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.

    Competing interests: The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.
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