Archives of Virology

, Volume 164, Issue 2, pp 579–584 | Cite as

Ferret badger rabies in Zhejiang, Jiangxi and Taiwan, China

  • Jing-Hui ZhaoEmail author
  • Li-Feng ZhaoEmail author
  • Fei Liu
  • Hong-Yun Jiang
  • Ji-Li YangEmail author
Brief Report


Ferret badger (FB, Melogale moschata) rabies is an increasing public health threat to humans, with FBs being a major reservoir and vector of rabies in China. Based on 152 published nucleotide sequences of the FB rabies virus (RABV) nucleoprotein, phylogenetic analysis revealed them to be clustered into six FB-related lineages, FB-I to FB-VI. The genetic features of members of lineage FB-VI suggest that cross-species transmission occurs between FBs and dogs. Here, we describe the phylogenetic relationships between FB-RABVs, their geographic segregation, and their evolutionary dynamics in epizootic regions.



The research was supported by the Science and Technology Innovation Project from the Jilin Health and Family Planning Commission (Approval no. 2013Z102).

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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Animal Science and TechnologyChangchun University of Science and TechnologyChangchunChina
  2. 2.Key Laboratory of Jilin Provincial Zoonosis Prevention and Control, Laboratory of Epidemiology, Institute of Military Veterinary MedicineAcademy of Military Medical SciencesChangchunChina
  3. 3.Jilin Ding-Xin Food and Drug Testing Technology Co., LtdChangchunChina
  4. 4.Jilin Bei-Yao Medicinal Materials Processing Co., LtdChangchunChina
  5. 5.College of Animal Veterinary MedicineJilin Agricultural Science and Technology UniversityJilinChina
  6. 6.College of Animal Science and TechnologyJilin Agricultural UniversityChangchunChina
  7. 7.Department of TCMJilin Cancer HospitalChangchunChina

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