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1 April 1988 SEROLOGICAL SURVEY OF HERPESVIRUS INFECTIONS IN WILD RUMINANTS OF FRANCE AND BELGIUM
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The presence of antibodies against bovine herpesvirus 1 (BHV-1), bovid herpesvirus 6 (BHV-6), herpesvirus of Cervidae type 1 (HVC-1), reindeer herpesvirus, bovine herpesvirus 2 (BHV-2) and bovid herpesvirus 4 (BHV-4) was investigated in wild ruminants of France and Belgium between 1981 and 1986. There were no animals serologically positive for BHV-4. Antibodies against BHV-2 were demonstrated in roe deer (Cervus capreolus) (<1%) and chamois (Rupicapra rupicapra) (1%) in France. Animals seropositive to the four related viruses (BHV-1, BHV-6, HVC-1, reindeer herpesvirus) were detected in red deer (Cervus elaphus) in France and Belgium (1% and 11%, respectively), in roe deer (<1%) from France, in chamois (4%) in France and in ibex (Capra ibex) (4%) from France. The presence of antibodies against HVC-1, especially in red deer from Belgium, may suggest that wild ruminants in continental Europe are now infected with this virus, which previously has been isolated only in Scotland.

Thiry, Vercouter, Dubuisson, Barrat, Sepulchre, Gerardy, Meersschaert, Collin, Blancou, and Pastoret: SEROLOGICAL SURVEY OF HERPESVIRUS INFECTIONS IN WILD RUMINANTS OF FRANCE AND BELGIUM
Etienne Thiry, Mariane Vercouter, Jean Dubuisson, Jacques Barrat, Catherine Sepulchre, Cécile Gerardy, Carole Meersschaert, Bernard Collin, Jean Blancou and Paul-Pierre Pastoret "SEROLOGICAL SURVEY OF HERPESVIRUS INFECTIONS IN WILD RUMINANTS OF FRANCE AND BELGIUM," Journal of Wildlife Diseases 24(2), (1 April 1988). https://doi.org/10.7589/0090-3558-24.2.268
Received: 3 August 1987; Accepted: ; Published: 1 April 1988
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