Four genotypes of the psittacid herpesvirus (PsHV) cause Pacheco disease in parrots. Viruses that are serologically cross-reactive to the PsHVs have also been isolated from passerine species. DNA was amplified from a herpesvirus isolated from a superb starling (Lamprotornis superbus) with PsHV-specific primers and polymerase chain reaction. A comparison of the partial sequence of the UL 16 gene from this herpesvirus with sequences from viruses of known PsHV genotypes showed that the herpesvirus from the superb starling was a PsHV genotype 1 virus. This finding expands the range of birds that are known to be susceptible to PsHV genotype 1 infections and suggests that PsHVs should be considered as a differential in passerines with herpesvirus infections.
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