Calicivirus isolation and persistence in a pygmy chimpanzee (Pan paniscus)

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Science  01 Jul 1983:
Vol. 221, Issue 4605, pp. 79-81
DOI: 10.1126/science.6304880


What may be the first calicivirus isolate from any primate species, including man, was recovered from a herpesvirus-like lip lesion on a pygmy chimpanzee and then, 6 months later, from the throat of the same animal. The infected individual and its cage mates had circulating antibodies that were type-specific for this calicivirus. The agent was antigenically different from 30 other calicivirus serotypes and is tentatively designated primate calicivirus Pan paniscus type 1 (PCV-Pan 1).