Aguacate virus, a new antigenic complex of the genus Phlebovirus (family Bunyaviridae)

Gustavo Palacios, Amelia Travassos da Rosa, Nazir Savji, Wilson Sze, Ivan Wick, Hilda Guzman, Stephen Hutchison, Robert Tesh, W. Ian Lipkin

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Genomic and antigenic characterization of Aguacate virus, a tentative species of the genus Phlebovirus, and three other unclassified viruses, Armero virus, Durania virus and Ixcanal virus, demonstrate a close relationship to one another. They are distinct from the other nine recognized species within the genus Phlebovirus.We propose to designate them as a new (tenth) serogroup or species (Aguacate virus) within the genus. The four viruses were all isolated from phlebotomine sandflies (Lutzomyia sp.) collected in Central and South America. Aguacate virus appears to be a natural reassortant and serves as one more example of the high frequency of reassortment in this genus.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1445-1453
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of General Virology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2011
Externally publishedYes

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