Tibet orbivirus (TIBOV) was initially isolated in Tibet in 2009 and subsequently in Guangdong, Hunan, and Yunnan, China. We document the first isolation of TIBOV outside of China: two TIBOV isolates from Culicoides collected in 2009 and 2010 in Kagoshima, Japan. Their complete genome sequences were also determined. Our results suggest that the two virus isolates are of novel serotypes, evident by variability within genome segment 2 encoding VP2. These new putative TIBOV serotypes will help with future virus surveillance and with the evaluation of its potential to cause disease in domestic ruminants.
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This study was conducted under the research project “Development of the Management Technologies for the Risk of Introduction of Livestock Infectious Diseases and Their Wildlife-borne Spreads in Japan (JP J008617. 18065101)” funded by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan.
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Suda, Y., Murota, K., Shirafuji, H. et al. Genomic analysis of putative novel serotypes of Tibet orbivirus isolated in Japan. Arch Virol (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00705-021-04966-7