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Pathogens 2015, 4(4), 816-825; doi:10.3390/pathogens4040816

Full Genomic Characterization of a Saffold Virus Isolated in Peru

Naval Medical Research Unit No. 6 (NAMRU-6), Callao 2, Peru
Center for Genome Sciences, United States Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID), Frederick, MD 21702, USA
Naval Medical Research Unit No. 6 (NAMRU-6), Callao 2, Peru
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Academic Editor: Marek L. Kowalski
Received: 30 September 2015 / Accepted: 17 November 2015 / Published: 20 November 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Respiratory Pathogens)
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While studying respiratory infections of unknown etiology we detected Saffold virus in an oropharyngeal swab collected from a two-year-old female suffering from diarrhea and respiratory illness. The full viral genome recovered by deep sequencing showed 98% identity to a previously described Saffold strain isolated in Japan. Phylogenetic analysis confirmed the Peruvian Saffold strain belongs to genotype 3 and is most closely related to strains that have circulated in Asia. This is the first documented case report of Saffold virus in Peru and the only complete genomic characterization of a Saffold-3 isolate from the Americas. View Full-Text
Keywords: Saffold virus; Cardiovirus; full genome; Peru Saffold virus; Cardiovirus; full genome; Peru

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Leguia, M.; Loyola, S.; Rios, J.; Juarez, D.; Guevara, C.; Silva, M.; Prieto, K.; Wiley, M.; Kasper, M.R.; Palacios, G.; Bausch, D.G. Full Genomic Characterization of a Saffold Virus Isolated in Peru. Pathogens 2015, 4, 816-825.

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