About the Authors

Gudadappa S. Kasabi

Affiliations National Institute of Epidemiology (ICMR), Chennai, India, Department of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Karnataka, Shimoga, India

Manoj V. Murhekar

mmurhekar@gmail.com

Affiliation National Institute of Epidemiology (ICMR), Chennai, India

Vijay K. Sandhya

Affiliation Virus Diagnostic Laboratory, Shimoga, Karnataka, India

Ramappa Raghunandan

Affiliation Department of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Karnataka, Shimoga, India

Shivani K. Kiran

Affiliation Department of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Karnataka, Shimoga, India

Gowdra H. Channabasappa

Affiliation Department of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Karnataka, Shimoga, India

Sanjay M. Mehendale

Affiliation National Institute of Epidemiology (ICMR), Chennai, India

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: MVM GSK SMM. Performed the experiments: VKS RR SKK GHC. Analyzed the data: MVM GSK. Wrote the paper: MVM SMM GSK VKS RR SKK GHC.