Journal article

Low genetic diversity among historical and contemporary clinical isolates of felid herpesvirus 1

Paola K Vaz, Natalie Job, Jacquelyn Horsington, Nino Ficorilli, Michael J Studdert, Carol A Hartley, James R Gilkerson, Glenn F Browning, Joanne M Devlin

BMC GENOMICS | BIOMED CENTRAL LTD | Published : 2016

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Felid herpesvirus 1 (FHV-1) causes upper respiratory tract diseases in cats worldwide, including nasal and ocular discharge, conjunctivitis and oral ulceration. The nature and severity of disease can vary between clinical cases. Genetic determinants of virulence are likely to contribute to differences in the in vivo phenotype of FHV-1 isolates, but to date there have been limited studies investigating FHV-1 genetic diversity. This study used next generation sequencing to compare the genomes of contemporary Australian clinical isolates of FHV-1, vaccine isolates and historical clinical isolates, including isolates that predated the introduction of live attenuated vaccines into Aus..

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