To resolve the evolutionary history of rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus (RHDV), we performed a genomic analysis of the viral stocks imported and released as a biocontrol measure in Australia, as well as a global phylogenetic analysis. Importantly, conflicts were identified between the sequences determined here and those previously published that may have affected evolutionary rate estimates. By removing likely erroneous sequences, we show that RHDV emerged only shortly before its initial description in China.
Eden, J., READ, A., Duckworth, J., Strive, T., & Holmes, E. (2015). Resolving the origin of rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus: Insights from an investigation of the viral stocks released in Australia. Journal of Virology, 89(23), 12217-12220. https://doi.org/10.1128/JVI.01937-15