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J Infect Dis. 2009 Nov 1;200 Suppl 1:S222-7. doi: 10.1086/605052.

Trends in the epidemiology of human G1P[8] rotaviruses: a hungarian study.

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  • 1Regional Laboratory of Virology, Baranya County Institute of State Public Health Service, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary.


Epidemiological trends of the globally most common rotavirus genotype, G1P[8], were investigated in Hungary during a 16-year period by sequencing and phylogenetic analysis of the surface antigens. Antigen shift among epidemiologically major G1P[8] strains was observed in 6 seasons, as indicated by changes in the sublineages of the G1 VP7 and the P[8] VP4 genes. The temporal clustering of some rotavirus VP4 and VP7 gene sublineages and the periodic emergence and/or resurgence of previously unrecognized rotavirus sublineages in the study population suggest a dynamic nature for these common strains. Recently established international strain surveillance networks may help to identify and track the spread of epidemiologically important rotavirus strains across countries and continents.

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