Complete Genome Sequence of the European Sheatfish Virus

  • Mavian C
  • Lopez-Bueno A
  • Fernandez Somalo M
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Abstract

Viral diseases are an increasing threat to the thriving aquaculture industry worldwide. An emerging group of fish pathogens is formed by several ranaviruses, which have been isolated at different locations from freshwater and seawater fish species since 1985. We report the complete genome sequence of European sheatfish ranavirus (ESV), the first ranavirus isolated in Europe, which causes high mortality rates in infected sheatfish (Silurus glanis) and in other species. Analysis of the genome sequence shows that ESV belongs to the amphibian-like ranaviruses and is closely related to the epizootic hematopoietic necrosis virus (EHNV), a disease agent geographically confined to the Australian continent and notifiable to the World Organization for Animal Health.

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Authors

  • C. Mavian

  • A. Lopez-Bueno

  • M. P. Fernandez Somalo

  • A. Alcami

  • A. Alejo

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