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Detection of an animal-derived G4P group A rotavirus strain in a symptomatic child, in Italy
- Ianiro, Giovanni, Micolano, Roberto, Conte, Michela, Labianca, Michele, Vaccari, Gabriele, Monini, Marina
- Virus research 2019 v.260 pp. 7-11
- Rotavirus A, children, feces, gastroenteritis, genes, genomics, genotype, genotyping, humans, nucleotide sequences, phylogeny, swine, Asia, Italy
- During 2017, a G4P group A rotavirus strain was identified in the feces of an Italian child hospitalized for acute gastroenteritis in Southern Italy. Nucleotide sequencing of the 11 genomic segments, revealed the G4-P-I1-R1-C1-M1-A1-N1-T1-E1-H1 genotype constellation. Phylogenetic analyses of the gene segments investigated revealed high nucleotide sequence identities with G4P RVA strains detected previously in pigs and in humans. The human strains related to the Italian G4P were mainly reported from Asia, and were detected after an inter-species transmission event from swine.This study reports the genotyping and phylogenetic analysis of a G4P RVA strain presenting a genomic constellation never detected before in Italy. In addition, this strain was able to cause AGE symptoms in a healthy child, successively hospitalized.The molecular characterization suggested zoonotic origin and inter-species transmission of this strain from swine, living open the possibility of its importation from abroad.