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Volume 14, Number 9—September 2008


Circulation of 3 Lineages of a Novel Saffold Cardiovirus in Humans

Jan Felix Drexler, Luciano Kleber de Souza Luna, Andreas Stöcker, Patrícia Silva Almeida, Tereza Cristina Medrado Ribeiro, Nadine Petersen, Petra Herzog, Célia Pedroso, Hans Iko Huppertz, Hugo da Costa Ribeiro, Sigrid Baumgarte, and Sung Sup ParkComments to Author 
Author affiliations: Federal University of Bahia, Salvador, Brazil (J.F. Drexler, A. Stöcker, P. Silva Almeida, T.C. Medrado Ribeiro, C. Pedroso, H. da Costa Ribeiro Jr.); Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine, Hamburg, Germany (J.F. Drexler, L.K. de Souza Luna, N. Petersen, P. Herzog); Professor Hess Paediatric Hospital, Bremen, Germany (H.I. Huppertz); Institute of Hygiene and the Environment, Hamburg (S. Baumgarte); University of Bonn Medical Centre, Bonn, Germany (C. Drosten);

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Table 2

Characteristics of samples obtained from gastroenteritis patients, 2004 and 2006

Location Origin of samples Patient age range No. patients Cardiovirus prevalence, %
Brazil Hospital outpatient department 1–60 mo 188 1.1
Germany General practitioners 1–98 y 538*
Kindergartens 1–144 mo 51 7.8
Catering kitchens 16–65 y 35
Retirement homes 74–98 y 32

*This cohort contained no patients with predetected enteric viruses (refer to Materials and Methods section); 39 healthy controls were included.

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