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Diversity and emergence of new variants of African swine fever virus Genotype I circulating in domestic pigs in Nigeria (2016-2018)
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  • Adeyinka Adedeji,
  • Anvou Jambol,
  • R. Weka,
  • Muwanika V.B.,
  • Pam Luka,
  • Charles Masembe
Adeyinka Adedeji
National Veterinary Research Institute
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Anvou Jambol
National Veterinary Research Institute
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R. Weka
National Veterinary Research Institute
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Muwanika V.B.
Makerere University College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
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Pam Luka
National Veterinary Research Institute
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Charles Masembe
Makerere University
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African swine fever (ASF) is the most lethal disease of pigs caused by ASF virus (ASFV) with severe economic implications and threat to food security in endemic countries. Between 2016 and 2018, several ASF outbreaks were reported throughout pig producing States in Nigeria. This study was designed to identify the ASFV genotypes responsible for these outbreaks and the transmission pathways of the virus during this period. Twenty-two ASFV-positive samples collected during passive surveillance in eight States of Nigeria were characterized using 3 partial genes sequences of the virus. The genes were: p72 capsid protein of the B646L, p54 envelope protein of E183L, and the central variable region (CVR) within B602L of ASFV. Phylogenetic analysis based on p72 and p54 revealed ASFV genotype I as the circulating virus. Sequence analysis of the CVR of B602L revealed genetic variations with six ASFV variants namely: Tet-15, Tet-20a, Tet-21b, Tet-27, Tet-31 and Tet-34, thus increasing the overall genetic diversity of ASFV in Nigeria. Three of these variants: Tet-21b, Tet-31 and Tet-34 were identified for the first time in Nigeria. The new variants of ASFV genotype I were identified in the States of Enugu, Imo, Plateau and Taraba, while co-circulation of multiple variants of ASFV genotype I were recorded in Plateau and Benue States. The high genetic diversity, emergence and increasing recovery of new variants of genotype I in Nigeria should be a concern given that ASFV is a relatively stable DNA virus. The epidemiological implications of these findings require further investigation.
21 Dec 2021Submitted to Transboundary and Emerging Diseases
21 Dec 2021Submission Checks Completed
21 Dec 2021Assigned to Editor
31 Dec 2021Reviewer(s) Assigned
13 Feb 2022Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
16 Feb 2022Editorial Decision: Revise Major
15 May 20221st Revision Received
15 May 2022Assigned to Editor
15 May 2022Submission Checks Completed