Global Distribution of Chelonid fibropapilloma-associated herpesvirus Among Clinically Healthy Sea Turtles

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Fibropapillomatosis (FP) is a neoplastic disease characterized by cutaneous tumours that has been documented to infect all sea turtle species. Chelonid fibropapilloma-associated herpesvirus (CFPHV) is believed to be the aetiological agent of FP, based principally on consistent PCR-based detection of herpesvirus DNA sequences from FP tumours. We used a recently described PCR-based assay that targets 3 conserved CFPHV genes, to survey 208 green turtles (Chelonia mydas). This included both FP tumour exhibiting and clinically healthy individuals. An additional 129 globally distributed clinically healthy individual sea turtles; representing four other species were also screened.



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Author(s)Alfaro-Núñez A
Bertelsen MF
Bojesen AM
Rasmussen I
Zepeda-Mendoza L
Olsen MT
Gilbert MTP
Published Date2014
Publication LanguageEnglish
TypeScientific Article
CMS InstrumentIOSEA Marine Turtles
Sourcehttps://bmcevolbiol.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12862-014-0206-z