Miyako Kon

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The objective of this study was to characterize the off-seasonal influenza virus A subtype H3N2, which caused an outbreak in an elderly hospital in Niigata, Japan. Virus isolates were subtyped by the hemagglutination-inhibition test and screened for antiviral drug sensitivity by real-time PCR using cycling probe technology the and 50% inhibitory(More)
The vaccine strains against influenza virus A/H3N2 for the 2010-2011 season and influenza virus B for the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 seasons in Japan are a high-growth reassortant A/Victoria/210/2009 (X-187) strain and an egg-adapted B/Brisbane/60/2008 (Victoria lineage) strain, respectively. Hemagglutination inhibition (HI) tests with postinfection ferret(More)
Human coronavirus (HCoV) is a member of the respiratory viruses that includes HCoV-229E, HCoV-OC43, and the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) CoV (1). Recently, new types of HCoVs, such as NL63 and HKU-1, have also been described (1). Historically, HCoV research has been hampered by poor growth and lack of cytopathic effect in cell culture (1). The(More)
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