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DAO 70:171-174 (2006)  -  doi:10.3354/dao070171

Taura syndrome virus from Penaeus vannamei shrimp cultured in Korea

Jeong Wan Do1, Seung Ju Cha1,3, Nam Sil Lee1, Yi Cheong Kim1, Jin Woo Kim1, Jae Dong Kim2, Jeong Woo Park3,*

1Pathology Division, National Fisheries Research & Development Institute, Kijang, Busan 619-902, ROK
2Daesan Regional Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Office, Seosan 356-871, ROK
3Department of Biological Sciences, University of Ulsan, Ulsan 680-749, ROK
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ABSTRACT: Mass mortality occurred among Penaeus vannamei shrimp cultured in Korea in 2004. In an earlier study, we reported white spot syndrome virus (WSSV) as a causative agent of mass mortality of P. monodon shrimp in Korea (Moon et al. 2003; Dis Aquat Org 53:11–13). However, in the present study, we detected Taura syndrome virus (TSV) from the moribund 2004 P. vannamei shrimp by reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). In addition, during our regular screening for the TSV in stocks of P. vannamei imported from Hawaii, USA, we also detected TSV by RT-PCR. The nucleotide sequences of the partial capsid protein VP1 of 2 Korean isolates were 99% identical to each other and 96 to 99% identical to those of TSVs isolated from the Americas, Taiwan, and Thailand. Phylogenetic analysis revealed that the 2 Korean isolates were closely related to TSV types from Thailand. This is the first report on the detection of TSV during an epizootic among cultured P. vannamei in Korea, and our results suggests the possibility that TSV has been introduced via the imported stock of P. vannamei.

KEY WORDS: TSV · Penaeus vannamei · RT-PCR · VP1

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