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J Clin Microbiol. 2002 Sep;40(9):3518-22.

Molecular characterization confirms the presence of a divergent strain of canine coronavirus (UWSMN-1) in Australia.

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  • 1School of Science, Food and Horticulture, University of Western Sydney, Penrith South DC, New South Wales, Australia.


Canine coronavirus (CCV) UWSMN-1 was originally identified from an outbreak of fatal gastroenteritis in breeding colonies. In this report, we examined whether UWSMN-1 represents a novel divergent strain or is the result of recombination events between canine and feline coronavirus strains. Sequencing of various regions of the spike and polymerase genes confirms that UWSMN-1 is widely divergent from other CCV and feline coronavirus strains. These data raise the possibility that this strain is the first member of a novel third subtype of CCV.

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