In May 2011, I traveled with a team of 12 students (and talked my wife into coming along as well) representing the BUV, hydroelectric, and biomass projects.
It has been very encouraging to hear that the BUV is being used daily to haul food, water, building supplies, and people.
In summary, we investigated the situation regarding BuVs in Zambian wildlife.
Bufavirus (BuV), a recently described parvovirus, was initially discovered in the feces of a child with diarrhea in Burkina Faso in 2012 (1).
We determined the nearly complete genome sequence of BuV, which we named Mpulungu BuV (MpBuV), by filling genome gaps with primer walking and rapid amplification of cDNA ends (GenBank/EMBL/DDBJ accession no.
In MpBuV, NS1 shares 52.5% aa identity with NS1 of human BuV (GenBank accession no.
Genetic analyses of BuVs from Bhutan revealed a new genotype that may cause severe diarrhea in children.
In 2012, a novel parvovirus, bufavirus (BuV), was discovered in fecal samples of children with diarrhea in Burkina Faso (1).
One research group, which used PCR to test fecal samples collected in 3 countries, had previously found various proportions of specimens positive for BuV: 4 of 98 (4%) in Burkina Faso, 1 of 63 (1.6%) in Tunisia, and none of 100 in Chile (1).
Of the 629 fecal samples, 7 (1.1%) were positive for BuV DNA, of which 4 were from the bacterial cohort and 3 from the viral cohort.
Seven fecal samples collected from adults in Finland contained BuV DNA, indicating that circulation of the virus is restricted neither to children nor to Africa.
Although the association with gastroenteritis seems weak, BuV might cause symptoms of other types.