Distantly Related Rotaviruses in Common Shrews, Germany, 2004–2014

Johne, Reimar; Tausch, Simon H.; Grützke, Josephine; Falkenhagen, Alexander; Patzina-Mehling, Corinna; Beer, Martin GND; Höper, Dirk GND; Ulrich, Rainer GND

We screened samples from common shrews (Sorex araneus) collected in Germany during 2004–2014 and identified 3 genetically divergent rotaviruses. Virus protein 6 sequence similarities to prototype rotaviruses were low (64.5% rotavirus A, 50.1% rotavirus C [tentative species K], 48.2% rotavirus H [tentative species L]). Shrew-associated rotaviruses might have zoonotic potential.

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Johne, Reimar / Tausch, Simon / Grützke, Josephine / et al: Distantly Related Rotaviruses in Common Shrews, Germany, 2004–2014. 2019. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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