Submitted to: American Veterinary Medical Association Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: January 17, 2006
Publication Date: July 9, 2006
Citation: Pantin Jackwood, M.J., Spackman, E., Day, J.M. 2006. Molecular characterization of enteric viruses circulating in the United States. In: American Association of Avian Pathologists Annual Meeting Scientific Program, July 16-19, 2006, Honolulu, Hiwaii. 2006 CDROM. Technical Abstract: This study investigated the genetic diversity of enteric viruses circulating in poultry. Intestinal samples collected from numerous commercial turkey and broiler flocks from different regions of the United States during 2005, were examined for the presence of astrovirus, rotavirus, reovirus and coronavirus by RT-PCR, and for adenoviruses by PCR. Viruses, predominantly astrovirus and rotavirus, were found in samples collected from flocks with enteritis and stunting as well as from healthy flocks. Comparison of these viruses was performed by phylogenetic analysis. Four clearly different astroviruses are circulating in poultry: Turkey Astrovirus 1 (TAstV-1), Turkey Astrovirus 2 (TAstV-2), Avian Nephritis Virus (ANV) and a novel Chicken Astrovirus (CAstV). Rotaviruses were widely distributed in chickens and turkeys.