Characterisation of a novel aviadenovirus associated with disease in tawny frogmouths (Podargus strigoides)

Athukorala, Ajani, Lacasse, Claude, Curtiss, Jeffrey B., Phalen, David N., and Sarker, Subir (2023) Characterisation of a novel aviadenovirus associated with disease in tawny frogmouths (Podargus strigoides). Virology, 588. 109904.

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Aviadenoviruses are widespread in wild birds but rarely cause disease in nature. However, when naïve species are exposed to poultry or aviaries, aviadenoviruses can lead to disease outbreaks. This study characterised a novel aviadenovirus infection in a native Australian bird, the tawny frogmouth (Podargus strigoides) during an outbreak investigation. The identified complete genome of aviadenovirus, named tawny frogmouth aviadenovirus A (TwAviAdV-A) was 41,175 bp in length containing 52 putative genes. TwAviAdV-A exhibits the common aviadenovirus genomic organisation but with a notable monophyletic subclade in the phylogeny. The TwAviAdV-A virus was hepatotrophic and the six frogmouths presented to the wildlife hospitals in South Eastern Queensland most commonly exhibited regurgitation (in four frogmouths). Three were died or euthanized, two recovered, and one showed no signs. The detection of TwAviAdV-A in frogmouths coming into care re-emphasizes the need for strict biosecurity protocols in wildlife hospitals and care facilities.

Item ID: 80824
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1096-0341
Keywords: Adenoviridae, Aviadenovirus, Hepatitis, Podargus strigoides, Tawny frogmouth, Tawny frogmouth aviadenovirus A
Copyright Information: © 2023 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Inc. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (
Funders: Australian Research Council (ARC)
Projects and Grants: ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award grant number DE200100367
Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2023 23:38
FoR Codes: 31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3107 Microbiology > 310706 Virology @ 50%
30 AGRICULTURAL, VETERINARY AND FOOD SCIENCES > 3009 Veterinary sciences > 300914 Veterinary virology @ 50%
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