Genomic and phylogenetic characterization of Merino Walk virus, a novel arenavirus isolated in South Africa
Gustavo F. Palacios; Nazir Savji; Jeffrey Hui; Amelia Travassos Da Rosa; Vsevolod Popov; Thomas Briese; Robert Tesh; W. Ian Lipkin
- Genomic and phylogenetic characterization of Merino Walk virus, a novel arenavirus isolated in South Africa
Palacios, Gustavo F.
Da Rosa, Amelia Travassos
Lipkin, W. Ian
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- Journal of general virology
- Merino Walk virus (MWV), a proposed novel tentative species of the family Arenaviridae, was isolated from a rodent, Myotomys unisulcatus, collected at Merino Walk, Eastern Cape, South Africa, in 1985. Full-length genomic sequence confirmed MWV as an arenavirus related distantly to Mobala, Mopeia and Ippy viruses, all members of the Old World arenavirus complex. We propose MWV as a tentative novel species in the Lassaâ€“lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus complex, based on its isolation from a novel rodent species and its genetic and serological characteristics.
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