Frequent cross-species transmission of parvoviruses among diverse carnivore hosts

Andrew B. Allison, Dennis J. Kohler, Karen A. Fox, Justin D. Brown, Richard W. Gerhold, Valerie I. Shearn-Bochsler, Edward J. Dubovi, Colin R. Parrish, Edward C. Holmes

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Although parvoviruses are commonly described in domestic carnivores, little is known about their biodiversity in nondomestic species. A phylogenetic analysis of VP2 gene sequences from puma, coyote, gray wolf, bobcat, raccoon, and striped skunk revealed two major groups related to either feline panleukopenia virus ("FPV-like") or canine parvovirus ("CPV-like"). Crossspecies transmission was commonplace, with multiple introductions into each host species but, with the exception of raccoons, relatively little evidence for onward transmission in nondomestic species.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2342-2347
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of virology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Feb 1 2013


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Microbiology
  • Immunology
  • Insect Science
  • Virology

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Allison, A. B., Kohler, D. J., Fox, K. A., Brown, J. D., Gerhold, R. W., Shearn-Bochsler, V. I., Dubovi, E. J., Parrish, C. R., & Holmes, E. C. (2013). Frequent cross-species transmission of parvoviruses among diverse carnivore hosts. Journal of virology, 87(4), 2342-2347.