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29 March 2018 Identification of Novel Gammaherpesviruses in a South American Fur Seal (Arctocephalus australis) with Ulcerative Skin Lesions
Carlos Sacristán, Fernando Esperón, Ana Carolina Ewbank, Samira Costa-Silva, Juliana Marigo, Eliana Reiko Matushima, Cristiane Kiyomi Miyaji Kolesnikovas, José Luiz Catão-Dias
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Abstract

There are few studies on pathogens affecting free-ranging pinnipeds from South America. We employed molecular techniques to identify a gammaherpesvirus infection by two putative novel herpesvirus species: Otariid herpesvirus 5 (OtHV-5), possibly associated with ulcerative cutaneous lesions, and Otariid herpesvirus 6 (OtHV-6) in a wild South American fur seal (Arctocephalus australis) that stranded alive in Santa Catarina state, southern Brazil. Here we provide new information regarding pinniped herpesviruses, important for the design of future disease surveillance studies.

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Carlos Sacristán, Fernando Esperón, Ana Carolina Ewbank, Samira Costa-Silva, Juliana Marigo, Eliana Reiko Matushima, Cristiane Kiyomi Miyaji Kolesnikovas, and José Luiz Catão-Dias "Identification of Novel Gammaherpesviruses in a South American Fur Seal (Arctocephalus australis) with Ulcerative Skin Lesions," Journal of Wildlife Diseases 54(3), 592-596, (29 March 2018). https://doi.org/10.7589/2017-09-224
Received: 11 September 2017; Accepted: 20 December 2017; Published: 29 March 2018
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Brazil
glycoprotein B
herpesvirus
pathology
pinnipeds
ulcerative skin lesions
virology
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