A unique isolate of beak and feather disease virus isolated from budgerigars (Melopsittacus undulatus) in South Africa
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Beak and feather disease virus (BFDV), the causative agent of psittacine beak and feather disease (PBFD) infects psittaciformes worldwide. We provide an annotated sequence record of three full-length unique genomes of BFDV isolates from budgerigars (Melopsittacus undulatus) from a breeding farm in South Africa. The isolates share >99% nucleotide sequence identity with each other and ~96% nucleotide sequence identity to two recent isolates (Melopsittacus undulatus) from Thailand but only between 91.6 and 86.6% identity with all other full-length BFDV sequences. Maximum-likelihood analysis and recombination analysis suggest that the South African budgerigar BFDV isolates are unique to budgerigars, are non-recombinant in origin, and represent a new genotype of BFDV.
KeywordsCoat Protein Nucleotide Sequence Identity Melopsittacus Undulatus South African Isolate Recombination Detection Method
This study was supported by funding provided by the South African National Research Foundation and by generous donation of blood and samples from infected birds.
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