Article

The recovery and molecular identification of HAdV-D17 in raw sewage and mussel samples collected in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa

DOI: 10.1080/23120053.2017.1368617
Author(s): Hillary J VosDepartment of Biochemistry and Microbiology, South Africa, Caroline M KnoxDepartment of Biochemistry and Microbiology, South Africa

Abstract

Human adenoviruses (HAdV) are a common cause of clinical infections in South Africa. However, there is a lack of information regarding the prevalence and molecular identification of this virus in the environment. The objective of this study was to investigate the recovery and molecular identification of HAdV in sewage and mussel samples. All samples were subjected to transmission electron microscopy, viral DNA extraction and nested PCR amplification using adenovirus-specific primers targeting a conserved region of the hexon gene. Amplicons were cloned and sequenced and BLAST analysis revealed a closest matched sequence (98% identity) belonging to HAdV-D17.

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