Molecular evidence of goose-parvovirus-related abnormal molting in Pekin ducks

  • Meiling Jin
  • Chonglun Feng
  • Xiaoyan Wang
  • Dabing ZhangEmail author
Brief Report


Since January 2019, abnormal molting has been observed frequently in approximately 40-day-old Pekin ducks in China. To investigate the possible involvement of a virus, we tested the prevalence of duck circovirus (DuCV), goose hemorrhagic polyomavirus (GHPyV), and goose parvovirus (GPV) in 11 molt cases in two provinces. GPV was detected in all cases, particularly in all samples collected from the feather area. The complete genome sequences of three GPV strains were determined and found to have 52 nucleotide changes relative to GPVs associated with short beak and dwarfism syndrome of Pekin ducks. These data will enhance our understanding of GPV diversity and outcomes of GPV infection in Pekin ducks.


Compliance with ethical standards


This study was supported by the National Key Research and Development Program of China (2018YFD0501506) and the China Agriculture Research System (CARS-42-16).

Conflict of interest

Meiling Jin declares that she has no conflict of interest. Chonglun Feng declares that she has no conflict of interest. Xiaoyan Wang declares that she has no conflict of interest. Dabing Zhang declares that he has no conflict of interest.

Ethical approval

All procedures involving sample collection from ducks were approved by the Animal Welfare and Ethical Censor Committee at China Agricultural University (license number CAU20190115-2).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Meiling Jin
    • 1
  • Chonglun Feng
    • 1
  • Xiaoyan Wang
    • 1
  • Dabing Zhang
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Key Laboratory of Animal Epidemiology of the Ministry of Agriculture, College of Veterinary MedicineChina Agricultural UniversityBeijingPeople’s Republic of China

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