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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(More)
Red foxes (Vulpes vulpes) are susceptible to viral diseases of domestic carnivores. In this study, by screening rectal swabs collected from 34 red foxes in Italy, we identified kobuvirus RNA in five samples. Based on analysis of partial RdRp and full-length VP1 genes, all of the strains shared the highest identity with canine kobuviruses (CaKVs) recently(More)
Aichi virus (AiV) is suspected to play a role in viral gastroenteritis in humans. In this study, we assessed the presence of AiV in untreated influent sewage samples collected at four wastewater treatment plants in central Italy. AiV was detected in 6 (12.5 %) of the 48 specimens and in all plants. All of the Italian strains showed the highest nucleotide(More)
Kobuvirus RNA was found in 6.6 % (13/198) of stool specimens from roe deer (Capreolus capreolus) captured during the regular hunting season. Upon sequence analysis of a fragment of the 3D gene, nine strains displayed the highest nucleotide sequence identity (91.2-97.4 %) to bovine kobuviruses previously detected in either diarrhoeic or asymptomatic calves.(More)
The stools of slaughtered pigs were screened for hepatitis E virus (HEV). HEV RNA was detected in 7.3% of the samples. HEV strains were characterized as genotype 3 subtype c, a cluster previously not described in Italy. These findings provide evidence that slaughterhouse workers may be exposed to HEV infection.
By screening 104 faecal samples from asymptomatic calves in Italy, bovine norovirus RNA was detected with a prevalence rate of 10.5 % (11/104). A continuous sequence spanning the RdRp region and the 5′ end of the capsid gene was generated for 7 of the 11 strains. Upon phylogenetic analysis, five strains were grouped with GIII.2 Newbury2-like viruses, and(More)
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