Full genomic characterisation of an emerging infectious laryngotracheitis virus class 7b from Australia linked to a vaccine strain revealed its identity
Ahmad J Sabir, Olusola M Olaogun, Denise O'Rourke, Omid Fakhri, Mauricio JC Coppo, Joanne M Devlin, Barbara Konsak-Ilievski, Amir H Noormohammadi
Infection Genetics and Evolution | ELSEVIER | Published : 2020
Infectious laryngotracheitis virus (ILTV) is an alphaherpesvirus that infects chickens, causing upper respiratory tract illness and substantial economic losses to the commercial poultry industry worldwide. Due to its geographical isolation, Australia has had a unique population of ILTV genotypes, and this has provided the researchers with an excellent opportunity to examine the evolution of herpesviruses. Recent studies on the evolution of ILTV have reported the emergence of recombinant ILTVs in Australian poultry flocks. More recently, there has been an increasing number of field outbreaks caused by ILTV isolates that are indistinguishable from serva vaccine strain using current molecular t..View full abstract
The Authors thank Dr. Carlos Loncoman and Dr. Somayeh Kordafshari, FVAS, The University of Melbourne for their assistance in laboratory work and data analysis. Ahmad J. Sabir is the recipient of Melbourne research scholarship (MRS) funded by The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia.