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Genome Announc. 2017 Oct 19;5(42). pii: e01100-17. doi: 10.1128/genomeA.01100-17.

Genome Sequence of an Alphaherpesvirus from a Beluga Whale (Delphinapterus leucas).

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1
MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research, Glasgow, United Kingdom.
2
Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
3
Department of Infectious Diseases and Immunology, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA.
4
Alaska Veterinary Pathology, Eagle River, Alaska, USA.
5
Department of Infectious Diseases and Immunology, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA tbwaltzek@ufl.edu.

Abstract

Beluga whale alphaherpesvirus 1 was isolated from a blowhole swab taken from a juvenile beluga whale. The genome is 144,144 bp in size and contains 86 putative genes. The virus groups phylogenetically with members of the genus Varicellovirus in subfamily Alphaherpesvirinae and is the first alphaherpesvirus sequenced from a marine mammal.

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