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1 October 2005 European Brown Hare Syndrome in Wild European Brown Hares from Greece
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From 1999 to mid-2003, 97 European brown hares (Lepus europaeus) found dead throughout Greece were examined by necropsy, histopathology, and reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) for the presence of European brown hare syndrome (EBHS) and EBHS virus (EBHSV), respectively. Hare losses were sporadic, starting in the cold season and lasting for many months (December to May). The most prominent gross lesions were observed in the liver and included swelling and discoloration; congestion and hemorrhages were present mainly in lungs and tracheal mucosa. Necropsy findings were suggestive of EBHS, which was confirmed by histopathology and RT-PCR. This study documents, for the first time, EBHS in Greece.

Charalambos Billinis, Vassilios Psychas, Dimitrios K. Tontis, Vassiliki Spyrou, Periklis K. Birtsas, Marina Sofia, Fotios Likotrafitis, Olga M. Maslarinou, and Dimitrios Kanteres "European Brown Hare Syndrome in Wild European Brown Hares from Greece," Journal of Wildlife Diseases 41(4), 783-786, (1 October 2005).
Received: 22 September 2004; Published: 1 October 2005

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