Isolation and initial characterisation of two unknown bocavirus-like viruses from swine in Northern Ireland

18-11-2010 | | |

The genus Bocavirus consists of three members; bovine parvovirus, canine minute virus and human bocavirus. Recently a novel porcine boca-like virus was identified in pigs in Sweden (PBo-likeV)1.

Recent research in our laboratories has isolated and identified 2 antigenically distinct novel bocavirus-like viruses in pigs (Sw-BoV1 and SwBoV2) from farms in Northern Ireland with clinical postweaning multisystemic wasting syndrome. Purification of the viruses followed by molecular cloning methods allowed partial sequencing of the two viruses.
John P. McKillen1 Francis McNeilly1 Catherine Duffy2 Michael McMenamy2 Irene McNair1 Bernt Hjertner2 Andrena Millar2 Paula Lagan1 Karen McKay1 Brian Adair1 Gordon Allan1
1. Agri-Food & Biosciences Institute, Belfast, UK;
2. Department of Veterinary Science, The Queen’s University of Belfast, Belfast, UK
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