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Genetic Diversity of Canine Distemper Virus in South America

Genetic Diversity of Canine Distemper Virus in South America

Yanina Panzera1*, Nicolas Sarute1, Lucia Carrau1, Jaime Aldaz2, Ruben Perez1

1Seccion Genetica Evolutiva, Instituto de Biologia, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de la Republica, Montevideo, Uruguay; 2Escuela de Medicina Veterinaria y Zootecnia, Facultad de Ciencias Agropecuarias, Universidad Estatal de Bolivar, Guaranda, Ecuador



Canine Distemper virus is the etiological agent of “Distemper”, the most significant infectious disease among carnivores worldwide. Herein, we present the state of the art of CDV dynamics in South America, by means of a detailed analysis of the genetic diversity, evolution, and epidemiology of the virus in several countries. Our study allowed us to establish the presence of four genetic lineages in South America, being the continent with more lineages described to date, underscoring the high genetic diversity of the circulating strains.


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Hosts and Viruses


Vol. 8, Iss. 1, Pages 1-22


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