West Nile Virus in Farmed Crocodiles, Zambia, 2019

Simulundu, Edgar, Ndashe, Kunda, Chambaro, Herman M. , Squarre, David, Reilly, Paul Michael, Chitanga, Simbarashe, Changula, Katendi, Mukubesa, Andrew N., Ndebe, Joseph, Tembo, John, Kapata, Nathan, Bates, Matthew, Sinkala, Yona, Hang’ombe, Bernard M., Nalubamba, King S., Kajihara, Masahiro, Sasaki, Michihito, Orba, Yasuko, Takada, Ayato and Sawa, Hirofumi (2020) West Nile Virus in Farmed Crocodiles, Zambia, 2019. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 26 (4). pp. 811-814. ISSN 1080-6059

Full content URL: https://doi.org/10.3201/eid2604.190954

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Abstract

We detected West Nile virus (WNV) nucleic acid in crocodiles (Crocodylus niloticus) in Zambia. Phylogenetically, the virus belonged to lineage 1a, which is predominant in the Northern Hemisphere. These data provide evidence that WNV is circulating in crocodiles in Africa and increases the risk for animal and human transmission.

Keywords:Crocodylus niloticus, Flaviviridae, West Nile Fever, West Nile Virus, Zambia, Arboviruses, Crocodiles, mosquito-borne disease, vector-borne infections, viruses
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C540 Virology
D Veterinary Sciences, Agriculture and related subjects > D210 Clinical Veterinary Medicine
Divisions:College of Science > School of Life Sciences
ID Code:44155
Deposited On:29 Mar 2021 10:56

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