Epidemiology and Infection

Research Article

Prevalence of human astrovirus serotypes in the Oxford region 1976–92, with evidence for two new serotypes

T. W. Leea1 and J. B. Kurtza1 c1

a1 Department of Virology, Public Health Laboratory, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford OX3 9DU, UK


Results of serotyping on 291 astrovirus-positive stools collected between 1976 and 1992 showed that about two-thirds (64.9%) were serotype 1. Infections were more frequent in the fourth quarter of the year and there was a suggestion that during the past 5 years serotype 1 has occurred with greater frequency in alternate years. Evidence is provided for the existence of two new serotypes, 6 and 7.

(Accepted August 24 1993)


c1 Author for correspondence.