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Isolation, identification and complete genome sequence analysis of a strain of foot-and-mouth disease virus serotype Asia1 from pigs in southwest of China

Xin Yang, Ying-shun Zhou, Hong-ning Wang*, Yi Zhang, Kun Wei and Ting Wang

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School of Life science, Sichuan University, Animal Disease Prevention and Food Safety Key Laboratory of Sichuan Province," 985 Project" Science Innovative Platform for Resource and environment Protection of Southwestern, Key Laboratory of Bio-resources and Eco-environment, Ministry of Education, Chengdu, Sichuan, 610064, China

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Virology Journal 2011, 8:175  doi:10.1186/1743-422X-8-175

Published: 16 April 2011



Foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV) serotype Asia1 generally infects cattle and sheep, while its infection of pigs is rarely reported. In 2005-2007, FMD outbreaks caused by Asia1 type occurred in many regions of China, as well as some parts of East Asia countries. During the outbreaks, there was not any report that pigs were found to be clinically infected.


In this study, a strain of FMDV that isolated from pigs was identified as serotype Asia1, and designated as "Asia1/WHN/CHA/06". To investigate the genomic feature of the strain, complete genome of Asia1/WHN/CHA/06 was sequenced and compared with sequences of other FMDVs by phylogenetic and recombination analysis. The complete genome of Asia1/WHN/CHA/06 was 8161 nucleotides (nt) in length, and was closer to JS/CHA/05 than to all other strains. Potential recombination events associated with Asia1/WHN/CHA/06 were found between JS/CHA/05 and HNK/CHA/05 strains with partial 3B and 3C fragments.


This is the first report of the isolation and identification of a strain of FMDV type Asia1 from naturally infected pigs. The Asia1/WHN/CHA/06 strain may evolve from the recombination of JS/CHA/05 and HNK/CHA/05 strains.