High genetic diversity and predominance of Rhinovirus A and C from Panamanian hospitalized children under five years with respiratory infections
1 Instituto Conmemorativo Gorgas de Estudios de la Salud, Panama City, Panamá
2 Sección Virologia, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de la República, Iguá 4225, Montevideo 11400, Uruguay
3 School of Medicine, University of Panama, Panama City, Panama
Virology Journal 2012, 9:257 doi:10.1186/1743-422X-9-257Published: 1 November 2012
Human Rhinoviruses (HRVs) have high genetic diversity and three species have been described: HRV-A, HRV-B, and the recently recognized HRV-C, which has been rapidly identified worldwide.
In the present study, we report the frequency and diversity of Human Rhinovirus (HRV) strains circulating in Panama from children hospitalized with respiratory infections.
HRVs of species A, B and C have been identified with a predominance of HRV-A and HRV-C over HRV-B, and marked genetic diversity within each species.