Novel avulaviruses in penguins, Antarctica

Víctor Neira, Rodrigo Tapia, Claudio Verdugo, Gonzalo Barriga, Sunil Mor, Terry Fei Fan Ng, Victoria García, José Del Río, Pedro Rodrigues, Cristóbal Briceño, Rafael A. Medina, Daniel González-Acuña

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We identified 3 novel and distinct avulaviruses from Gentoo penguins sampled in Antarctica. We isolated these viruses and sequenced their complete genomes; serologic assays demonstrated that the viruses do not have cross-reactivity between them. Our findings suggest that these 3 new viruses represent members of 3 novel avulavirus species.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1212-1214
Number of pages3
JournalEmerging infectious diseases
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2017

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This study is supported by the grants INACH RT46-16, RT12-13, CONICYT-PIA ANILLO ACT 1408, and FONDECYT 3150564, 11130305, 3150617, and 11160852.

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© 2017, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). All rights reserved.


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