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Bovine viral diarrhoea viruses (BVDVs) belong to family Flaviviridae, genus Pestivirus which includes four recognised species, BVDV 1 and 2, border disease virus (BDV) and classical swine fever virus (CSFV). Atypical or Hobi-like pestiviruses were repeatedly isolated in southern America and Asia, but they were not clearly associated to overt disease. Genomic analysis showed that these viruses represent a new pestivirus species, BVDV-3. To date, only two BVDV-3 strains have been isolated from natural outbreaks in Italy, both being reported by our research group. The BVDV strains were associated to respiratory distress and reproductive failures in the same cattle herd in Calabria region, southern Italy. These were the first reports of overt disease caused by the new pestivirus species. The present research project aims to study the epidemiological features of the infections caused by the emerging pestivirus BVDV-3.
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