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1 January 2019 Fibropapillomatosis in a Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas) from the Southeastern Pacific
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Fibropapillomatosis is a neoplastic disease that afflicts sea turtles. Although it is disseminated worldwide, cases of the disease have not been reported in the southeastern Pacific region. We describe a case of fibropapillomatosis in a green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) during its rehabilitation at the Machalilla National Park Rehabilitation Center, Ecuador. Viral presence was confirmed by PCR, targeting fragments of the chelonid alphaherpesvirus 5 (ChHV5) unique long (UL) genes, UL27, UL28, and UL30. The amplicons were sequenced and included in a global phylogenetic analysis of the virus with other reported sequences from GenBank. Results showed that the available viral sequences segregated into five phylogeographic groups: western Atlantic and eastern Caribbean, central Pacific, western Pacific, Atlantic, and eastern Pacific groups. The concatenated ChHV5 sequences from Ecuador clustered with the eastern Pacific sequences.

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Diana M. Cárdenas, Roberto V. Cucalón, Lex G. Medina-Magües, Karina Jones, Rubén A. Alemán, Alonzo Alfaro-Núñez, and Washington B. Cárdenas "Fibropapillomatosis in a Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas) from the Southeastern Pacific," Journal of Wildlife Diseases 55(1), 169-173, (1 January 2019).
Received: 5 December 2017; Accepted: 2 May 2018; Published: 1 January 2019

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