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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 315-316
Bufavirus contamination in diarrheal stool samples: Any difference due to ethnic group?


1 KMT Primary Care Center, Bangkok, Thailand
2 Hainan Medical University, Hainan, Haikou, China

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Yasri S, Wiwanitkit V. Bufavirus contamination in diarrheal stool samples: Any difference due to ethnic group?. Ann Trop Med Public Health 2015;8:315-6

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Yasri S, Wiwanitkit V. Bufavirus contamination in diarrheal stool samples: Any difference due to ethnic group?. Ann Trop Med Public Health [serial online] 2015 [cited 2019 Nov 17];8:315-6. Available from: http://www.atmph.org/text.asp?2015/8/6/315/162629
Dear Sir,

Bufavirus is a new parvovirus that has just been proposed in the last few years. Whether this virus is pathogenic or not is still not conclusive. There are some recent reports on the finding of this virus in the stool of patients with gastrointestinal problems. [1],[2],[3],[4] Of interest is the fact that the finding of viral positive stool sample can be seen in different countries with different ethnic backgrounds around the world. There is an interesting question as to whether there is any difference of positive rates due to different ethnic groups. Here, the authors tried to collect the data on bufavirus positive rate in stool samples in four available reports [1],[2],[3],[4] [Table 1] among different ethnic groups (two reports on Mongoloid, one on Negroid, and one on Caucasoid). The reported rates range 0.27-4%. Statistical analysis showed no correlation between the rate and ethnic background (P > 0.05, chi-square test). It might conclude that the contamination by bufavirus in stool can be seen in any country without difference in rate regardless ethnic background.
Table 1: Data on bufavirus positive rate in stool samples from cases with gastrointestinal problems

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Chieochansin T, Vutithanachot V, Theamboonlers A, Poovorawan Y. Bufavirus in fecal specimens of patients with and without diarrhea in Thailand. Arch Virol 2015;160:1781-4.  Back to cited text no. 1
    
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Väisänen E, Kuisma I, Phan TG, Delwart E, Lappalainen M, Tarkka E, et al. Bufavirus in feces of patients with gastroenteritis, Finland. Emerg Infect Dis 2014;20:1077-80.  Back to cited text no. 2
    
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Yahiro T, Wangchuk S, Tshering K, Bandhari P, Zangmo S, Dorji T, et al. Novel human bufavirus genotype 3 in children with severe diarrhea, Bhutan. Emerg Infect Dis 2014;20:1037-9.  Back to cited text no. 4
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Sora Yasri
KMT Primary Care Center, Bangkok
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DOI: 10.4103/1755-6783.162629

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