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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

Title:
Genomic and phylogenetic characterization of Merino Walk virus, a novel arenavirus isolated in South Africa
Author(s):
Palacios, Gustavo F.
Savji, Nazir
Hui, Jeffrey
Da Rosa, Amelia Travassos
Popov, Vsevolod
Briese, Thomas
Tesh, Robert
Lipkin, W. Ian
Date:
Type:
Articles
Department:
Center for Infection and Immunity
Volume:
91
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Book/Journal Title:
Journal of general virology
Abstract:
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 Lassa–lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus complex, based on its isolation from a novel rodent species and its genetic and serological characteristics.
Subject(s):
Epidemiology
Virology
Publisher DOI:
http://dx.doi.org/10.1099/vir.0.017798-0
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