Detection of human bocavirus from fecal samples of Hungarian children with acute gastroenteritis

Katalin N. Szomor, Beatrix Kapusinszky, Zita Rigó, Zoltán Kis, Mónika Rózsa, Ágnes Farkas, Andrásné Szilágyi, György Berencsi, Mária Takács

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Objectives: Human bocavirus (HBoV), a newly identified member of the Parvoviridae family is associated with respiratory tract and gastroenteric infections, mostly of young children. HBoV infections show a seasonal distribution with the peak in temperate areas being in the winter months. Methods: In our study, 35 throat swabs from children under 5 years with acute respiratory symptoms and 61 stool samples from children (<5 years) with acute gastroenteritis were collected in the period of October 2007-March 2008. A HBoV-specific polymerase chain reaction for detection of the virus, and sequence analysis for identification of virus variants were performed. Results: Although respiratory samples were all negative, 3.3% of stool samples (2/61) proved to be positive for HBoV. The virus carrier children were 3 and 5 years old. The ratio of HBoV positive samples is similar to international results (2.1-5.5%). Conclusions: According to the result of sequence analysis of HBoV, the occurrence of genotype 2 of HBoV in Hungary is confirmed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-21
Number of pages5
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - May 1 2009



  • Genotypes
  • Human Bocavirus
  • Viral gastroenteritis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Virology
  • Infectious Diseases

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Szomor, K. N., Kapusinszky, B., Rigó, Z., Kis, Z., Rózsa, M., Farkas, Á., Szilágyi, A., Berencsi, G., & Takács, M. (2009). Detection of human bocavirus from fecal samples of Hungarian children with acute gastroenteritis. Intervirology, 52(1), 17-21.