Human sapovirus in clams, Japan

Grant S. Hansman, Tomoichiro Oka, Reiko Okamoto, Tomoko Nishida, Shoichi Toda, Mamoru Noda, Daisuke Sano, You Ueki, Takahiro Imai, Tatsuo Omura, Osamu Nishio, Hirokazu Kimura, Naokazu Takeda

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Human sapovirus was detected in 4 of 57 clam packages by reverse transcription-PCR and sequence analysis. This represents the first finding of sapovirus contamination in food. Closely matching sequences have been detected in stool specimens from patients with gastroenteritis in Japan, which indicates a possible food-to-human transmission link.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)620-622
Number of pages3
JournalEmerging Infectious Diseases
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Apr


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