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1 January 2010 Ljungan Virus Detected in Bank Voles (Myodes glareolus) and Yellow-Necked Mice (Apodemus flavicollis) from Northern Italy
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Identified in 1998, Ljungan virus (LV; Picornaviridae) causes type 1 diabetes–like symptoms and myocarditis in bank voles (Myodes glareolus) from Sweden and Denmark, and may be a zoonotic agent of several important diseases (e.g., intrauterine fetal death, type 1 diabetes, Guillain-Barré syndrome, and myocarditis). Using a real-time reverse transcriptase–polymerase chain reaction assay and sequence analysis, we detected LV in bank voles, and for the first time, in yellow-necked mice (Apodemus flavicollis) collected during 2006 from a site in northern Italy. The global distribution of LV and its role as a mammalian pathogen deserve further attention.

Heidi C. Hauffe, Bo Niklasson, Therese Olsson, Alessandro Bianchi, Annapaola Rizzoli, and William Klitz "Ljungan Virus Detected in Bank Voles (Myodes glareolus) and Yellow-Necked Mice (Apodemus flavicollis) from Northern Italy," Journal of Wildlife Diseases 46(1), 262-266, (1 January 2010). https://doi.org/10.7589/0090-3558-46.1.262
Received: 21 June 2008; Published: 1 January 2010
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