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ANTONIO CASCIO

IDENTIFICATION OF PICOBIRNAVIRUS FROM FAECES OF ITALIAN CHILDREN SUFFERING FROM ACUTE DIARRHEA

Abstract

Polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis of nucleic acid extracted from stool samples of diarrhoeic children revealed in 3 out of 690 (0.43%) specimens two electrophoretic bands with a migration pattern characteristic of picobirnavirus ds-RNA. In none of the 92 control children were similar bands detected. No other potential enteric pathogens were found in the patients with picobirnavirus infection.