No association between histo-blood group antigens and susceptibility to clinical infections with genogroup II norovirus

Tamar Halperin*, Harry Vennema, Marion Koopmans, Gila Kahila Bar-Gal, Raid Kayouf, Tamar Sela, Ruhama Ambar, Eyal Klement

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Abstract

Noroviruses (NoVs) are a leading cause of viral gastroenteritis in humans. In the present study, the association between NoV susceptibility and the ABO histo-blood group was studied during 2 outbreaks of acute gastroenteritis in military units in Israel caused by genogroup II (GII) NoVs. The findings demonstrate that, unlike for genogroup I of NoV, there is no association between the ABO histo-blood group and clinical infection with GII NoVs. This is the largest study to test the association between NoVs, proven clinical infection with GII, and the ABO histo-blood group.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-65
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Infectious Diseases
Volume197
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2008

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Funding Information:
Received 28 April 2007; accepted 6 July 2007; electronically published 3 December 2007. Potential conflicts of interest: none reported. Financial support: Israeli Defense Force. Reprints or correspondence: Dr. Eyal Klement, Koret School of Veterinary Medicine, Faculty of Agricultural, Food, and Environmental Sciences, The Hebrew University, PO Box 12, Rehovot 76100, Israel (klement@agri.huji.ac.il).

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