Detection of a Second Novel Gammaherpesvirus in a Free-ranging Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus)

Paola Vaz,1 Pam L. Whiteley,1 Colin R. Wilks,1 Glenn F. Browning,1 James R. Gilkerson,1 Nino Ficorilli,1 and Joanne M. Devlin1,2

School of Veterinary Science, The University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria, 3010, Australia;
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A second novel gammaherpesvirus was detected in a free-ranging koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) shown previously to be infected with phascolarctid herpesvirus 1. Analysis of the DNA polymerase gene showed that the virus was genetically distinct from all known gammaherpesviruses. This is the first reported dual gammaherpesvirus infection in an Australian marsupial.