identification of beak and feather disease virus in an unusual novel host (merops ornatus) using nested pcr.the complete genome sequence of beak and feather disease virus (bfdv) was discovered from a rainbow bee-eater (merops ornatus), a species of coraciiformes the genome consisted of 1,996 bp encoding two major bidirectional transcribed open reading frames. this is the first evidence of bfdv infection and complete genome characterization for this novel host species.201627932660
evidence of a deep viral host switch event with beak and feather disease virus infection in rainbow bee-eaters (merops ornatus).since the characterization of psittacine beak and feather disease (pbfd) in 1984, a wide range of avian circoviruses have been discovered with varying pathogenic effects amongst a diverse range of avian hosts. until recently these circovirus species were thought to be restricted to within avian orders such as the psittaciformes for beak and feather disease virus (bfdv) and columbiformes for pigeon circovirus with little evidence of cross-family transmission or replication. we report evidence of ...201526411487
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