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Characterization of a pigeon paramyxovirus (PPMV-1) isolated from chickens in South Africa : research communication

C. Abolnik, R.F. Horner, R. Maharaj, G.J. Viljoen
Onderstepoort Journal of Veterinary Research | Vol 71, No 2 | a278 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ojvr.v71i2.278 | © 2004 C. Abolnik, R.F. Horner, R. Maharaj, G.J. Viljoen | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 08 November 2004 | Published: 08 November 2004

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C. Abolnik,
R.F. Horner,
R. Maharaj,
G.J. Viljoen,

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A paramyxovirus with a thermostability of 60 min (typical of velogenic viruses) and a mean death time of > 90 h (typical of lentogenic viruses) was isolated from layers near Mooi River, South Africa. Our results, based on comparative nucleotide sequence data indicated that the virus is pigeon paramyxovirus 1 (PPMV-1), a variant of Newcastle disease virus. The F0 cleavage site contains a 112RRKKRF117 motif, and the virus had 98 % sequence identity with PPMV-1 strains from the Far East. PPMV-1 was last reported in South Africa during the 1980s, with this being the first report of PPMV-1 isolated from chickens in South Africa.


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