A new genotype 2 subcluster identified among GBV-C strains circulating in the Lisbon metropolitan area of Portugal
- Autores: Branco C, Esteves A, Parreira R, Piedade J
- Journal: Journal of Medical Virology
- Link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=A+new+genotype+2+subcluster+identified+among+GBV-C+strains+circulating+in+the+Lisbon+metropolitan+area+of+Portugal.
The rate of infection by the GBV-C virus was investigated in a group of 214 individuals at high risk of infection with parenterally transmitted viruses, and all living in the Lisbon metropolitan area (Portugal). RNA was extracted from plasma samples, and a fragment of the 5′-UTR was amplified by RT-PCR, disclosing a high prevalence of infection (40.7%).