Archives of Virology

, Volume 164, Issue 1, pp 279–283 | Cite as

GI.1b/GI.1b/GI.2 recombinant rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus 2 (Lagovirus europaeus/GI.2) in Morocco, Africa

  • Ana M. Lopes
  • Carlos Rouco
  • Pedro J. Esteves
  • Joana AbrantesEmail author
Brief Report


Rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus (RHDV) is highly lethal to the European rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus). It was first reported in 1984 in China, but in 2010, a new variant of the virus was detected (GI.2) in France. Several recombination events with pathogenic and non-pathogenic strains have been described. Here, we report the first sequences of RHDV in Africa, isolated from Moroccan rabbits, and these resemble GI.1b/GI.1b/GI.2 recombinants found in the Iberian Peninsula. Monitoring and characterization of strains from future outbreaks are advised to guarantee the success of current programs on small-rabbit production for poverty alleviation in African countries.



Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT) supported the Post-doc Grant of A.M. Lopes (SFRH/BPD/115211/2016) and the FCT Investigator Grants of P.J. Esteves (IF/00376/2015) and J. Abrantes (IF/01396/2013). C. Rouco was supported by XXII Propio de Investigación of the University of Córdoba and “Programa Operativo de fondos FEDER Andalucía”. This work is a result of the project AGRIGEN—NORTE-01-0145-FEDER-000007, supported by Norte Portugal Regional Operational Programme (NORTE2020), under the PORTUGAL 2020 Partnership Agreement, through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CIBIO/InBio-UP, Centro de Investigação em Biodiversidade e Recursos GenéticosUniversidade do PortoVairãoPortugal
  2. 2.Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas Abel Salazar (ICBAS)/Unidade Multidisciplinar de Investigação Biomédica (UMIB)Universidade do PortoPortoPortugal
  3. 3.Departamento de ZoologíaFacultad de Ciencias de la Universidad de CórdobaCórdobaSpain
  4. 4.Departamento de BiologiaFaculdade de Ciências da Universidade do PortoPortoPortugal

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