characterization of the first columbid herpesvirus 1 isolate from a hybrid meat-type pigeon flock in china.infections of pigeons with herpesviruses have been described in several species of domestic and wild birds. in july 2012, increased mortality was observed in a hybrid meat-type pigeon flock in beijing, china. diagnostic tests led to the isolation of a virus designated columbid herpesvirus 1 bj strain (cohv-1bj). sequence analysis of the viral dna polymerase catalytic subunit gene revealed a single open reading frame of 3753 nt encoding 1250 amino acids. phylogenetic analysis revealed that the co ...201525298181
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