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Volume 9, Number 9—September 2003

Research

Early Identification of Common-Source Foodborne Virus Outbreaks in Europe

Marion Koopmans*Comments to Author , Harry Vennema*, Herre Heersma*, Elisabeth van Strien*, Yvonne van Duynhoven*, David Brown†, Marc Reacher†, Ben Lopman†, and for the European Consortium on Foodborne Viruses
Author affiliations: *National Institute of Public Health and the Environment, Bilthoven, the Netherlands; †Public Health Laboratory Service, London, United Kingdom

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Table 1

Requested data fields for entries of viral sequences in the historic databasea

Field name Field type Mandatory field
Country
A
Yes
Institute
A
Yes
Reference no.
A
Yes
Type of virus (NV, SV, HAV, HEV, rotavirus group C?)
N
Yes
Sequence identifier (e.g., GenBank accession no.)
A
No
Method no.
N
No
Genotype/subtype
N
No
Sequence pol region /VP1/2a
A
Yes or no?
Sequence capsid region
A

Source of isolate (human, calf, swine, environmental, other)
N
Yes
Specimen
N
No
Epidemiology
N
No
Vehicle (food, water, person-to-person, zoonotic, not known)
N
No
National region
A
No
Date of receipt in reference laboratory
D
Yes
Age
N
No
Sex
N
No
Travel associated
N
No
Travel destination A No

aNV, Norovirus; SV, Sapovirus; ASV, astrovirus; HAV, hepatitis A virus; HEV, hepatitis E virus; A, letters and numbers; B, numbers; D, data.

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1The Netherlands: M. Koopmans, H. Vennena, Y. van Duynhoven, D. E. van Strien, W. van de Poel, National Institute of Public Health and the Environment; Bilthoven; Finland: C-H von Bonsdorff, L. Maunula, Helsinki University: Denmark: B. Böttiger, K. Mølbak, F.X. Hanon, Statens Serum Institute, Copenhagen; Sweden; L. Svensson, K-O Hedlund, Maria Thorvag, Juan Carrique-Mas, Swedish Institute for Infectious Disease Control, Solna; UK: D. Brown, M. Reacher, J.Green, B. Lopman, Public Health Laboratory Service, London; Germany: E. Schreier, H. Gelderblom, Andrea Ammon, Robert Koch Institute, Berlin; Spain: A. Sanchez-Faquier, G. Hernández-Pezzi, Instituto de Salud Carlos III, Madrid; A. Bosch, Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona; J. Buesa, Universitat de Valencia; France: F. LeGuyader, IFREMER, Nantes; P. Pothier, E. Kohli, Laboratoire de Virologie, Dijon; Italy: F. Ruggeri, D. DeMedici, Instituo di Superiore di Sanitá, Rome. In addition, outside the formal project group, M. Poljsak (Slovenia), and G. Szücs (Hungary) actively participate in the project.

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