unassigned species in the subfamily Alphaherpesvirinae. Isolated from a culture of kidney cells of a parma wallaby, Macropus parma. The animal was one of a number with a fatal generalized disease taken from Kawan Island in Auckland Bay, New Zealand. The culture developed foci of CPE which extended rapidly. Experimental infection of Parma wallabies causes a severe generalized disease with lesions in lungs and liver. Antibodies are found in a wide range of macropods (kangaroos and wallabies) from different parts of Australia. No CPE in bovine, mouse or hamster cells. The DNA is distinct from other herpesviruses, G+C 53%.
macropodid herpesvirus 1 (MaHV-1)
Synonym: Parma wallaby herpesvirus.
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