Isolation of human bocavirus from Swiss infants with respiratory infections

Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2007 Feb;26(2):177-9. doi: 10.1097/01.inf.0000250623.43107.bc.


Human bocavirus (HBoV) is a novel agent associated with respiratory symptoms in adults and children. We studied prospectively the first acute respiratory infection in a birth cohort of healthy neonates in Switzerland. HBoV was identified in 5 (4.5%) of 112 infants as young as 3 months of age. In 4 of the 5 infants, HBoV was associated with other respiratory viruses. We conclude that HBoV circulates in the community and is acquired early in life.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Bocavirus / isolation & purification*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Parvoviridae Infections / epidemiology
  • Parvoviridae Infections / virology*
  • Prospective Studies
  • Respiratory Tract Infections / epidemiology
  • Respiratory Tract Infections / virology*
  • Switzerland / epidemiology