Genogroup i picobirnavirus in diarrhoeic foals: Can the horse serve as a natural reservoir for human infection?

Balasubramanian Ganesh, Krisztian Banyai, Gisela Masachessi, Zornitsa Mladenova, Shigeo Nagashima, Souvik Ghosh, Seegekote Nataraju, Madhusudhan Pativada, Rahul Kumar, Nobumichi Kobayashi

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Abstract

Picobirnaviruses (PBV) are small, non-enveloped viruses with a bisegmented double-stranded RNA genome. In this study a PBV strain, PBV/Horse/India/BG-Eq-3/ 2010, was identified in the faeces of a 10 month old weaned female foal with diarrhoea in January 2010 from Kolkata, India. Surprisingly, sequence comparison and phylogenetic analysis of a short stretch of the RNA dependent RNA polymerase gene revealed close genetic relatedness (> 98% nucleotide identity) to a human genogroup I PBV strain (Hu/GPBV1) detected earlier from the same part of India. Our observations together with earlier findings on genetic relatedness between human and animal PBV warrant further studies on zoonotic potential.

Original languageEnglish
Article number52
JournalVeterinary Research
Volume42
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 29 2011

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    Ganesh, B., Banyai, K., Masachessi, G., Mladenova, Z., Nagashima, S., Ghosh, S., Nataraju, S., Pativada, M., Kumar, R., & Kobayashi, N. (2011). Genogroup i picobirnavirus in diarrhoeic foals: Can the horse serve as a natural reservoir for human infection? Veterinary Research, 42(1), [52]. https://doi.org/10.1186/1297-9716-42-52