Japanese Journal of Infectious Diseases
Online ISSN : 1884-2836
Print ISSN : 1344-6304
ISSN-L : 1344-6304
Short Communications
Development of Genetic Diagnostic Methods for Detection for Novel Coronavirus 2019(nCoV-2019) in Japan
Kazuya ShiratoNaganori NaoHarutaka KatanoIkuyo TakayamaShinji SaitoFumihiro KatoHiroshi KatohMasafumi SakataYuichiro NakatsuYoshio MoriTsutomu KageyamaShutoku MatsuyamaMakoto Takeda
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2020 Volume 73 Issue 4 Pages 304-307


During the emergence of novel coronavirus 2019 (nCoV) outbreak in Wuhan city, China at the end of 2019, there was movement of many airline travelers between Wuhan and Japan, suggesting that the Japanese population was at high risk of infection by the virus. Hence, we urgently developed diagnostic systems for detection of 2019 nCoV. Two nested RT-PCR and two real-time RT-PCR assays were adapted for use in Japan. As of February 8, 2020, these assays have successfully detected 25 positive cases of infection in Japan.

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