DAO 119:101-106 (2016)  -  DOI: https://doi.org/10.3354/dao02989

Australian abalone (Haliotis laevigata, H. rubra and H. conicopora) are susceptible to infection by multiple abalone herpesvirus genotypes

Serge Corbeil*, Lynette M. Williams, Kenneth A. McColl, Mark St. J. Crane

CSIRO Health and Biosecurity, Australian Animal Health Laboratory, 5 Portarlington Road, Geelong East, Victoria 3220, Australia
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ABSTRACT: From 2006 to 2012, acute mortalities occurred in farmed and wild abalone (Haliotis spp.) along the coast of Victoria, Australia. The disease (abalone viral ganglioneuritis; AVG) is associated with infection by an abalone herpesvirus (AbHV). The relative pathogenicity of 5 known variants of AbHV was evaluated on abalone stocks from different states in Australia. Results indicated that all virus variants (Vic1, Tas1, Tas2, Tas3 and Tas4) cause disease and mortality in all abalone stocks tested (greenlip, blacklip and brownlip). In order to avoid further AVG outbreaks in Australian wild abalone, strict regulations on the transfer of abalone stocks must be implemented.


KEY WORDS: Abalone viral ganglioneuritis · AVG · Abalone herpesvirus · AbHV · Experimental challenge · Susceptibility to AVG


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Cite this article as: Corbeil S, Williams LM, McColl KA, Crane MStJ (2016) Australian abalone (Haliotis laevigata, H. rubra and H. conicopora) are susceptible to infection by multiple abalone herpesvirus genotypes. Dis Aquat Org 119:101-106. https://doi.org/10.3354/dao02989

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