A proposed disease classification system for duck viral hepatitis

Xumin Ou, Sai Mao, Jingwen Dong, Jiayi Chen, Di Sun, Mingshu Wang, Dekang Zhu, Renyong Jia, Shun Chen, Mafeng Liu, Qiao Yang, Ying Wu, Xinxin Zhao, Shaqiu Zhang, Juan Huang, Qun Gao, Yunya Liu, Ling Zhang, Zhijiang Miao, Yunlong LiYang Li, Qiuwei Pan, Anchun Cheng*

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The nomenclature of duck viral hepatitis (DVH) was historically not a problem. However, 14 hepatotropic viruses among 10 different genera are associated with the same disease name, DVH. Therefore, the disease name increasingly lacks clarity and may no longer fit the scientific description of the disease. Because one disease should not be attributed to 10 genera of viruses, this almost certainly causes misunderstanding regarding the disease-virus relationship. Herein, we revisited the problem and proposed an update to DVH disease classification. This classification is based on the nomenclature of human viral hepatitis and the key principle of Koch's postulates (“one microbe and one disease”). In total, 10 types of disease names have been proposed. These names were literately matched with hepatitis-related viruses. We envision that this intuitive nomenclature system will facilitate scientific communication and consistent interpretation in this field, especially in the Asian veterinary community, where these diseases are most commonly reported.

Original languageEnglish
Article number102042
JournalPoultry Science
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2022

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Funding Information:
The Program Sichuan Veterinary Medicine and Drug Innovation Group of China Agricultural Research System ( SCCXTD-2021-18 ), the earmarked fund for China Agriculture Research System ( CARS-42-17 ), Science and Technology Program of Sichuan Province ( 2020YJ0396 ), and the National Natural Science Foundation of China ( 32102706 ) supported this work.

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