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1 July 2000 Absence of Antibodies Against Canine Distemper Virus in Free-ranging Populations of the Eurasian Badger in Great Britain
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Canine distemper virus (CDV) is a serious disease of wild carnivores throughout the world. In Europe, infection has been detected in several carnivores including the Eurasian badger (Meles meles). In the present study 182 badger blood samples were collected from an intensively studied population of wild badgers in southwestern England (January–July, 1997), and a further 286 from throughout southern Britain (June 1996–November 1998). A neutralizing peroxidase-linked antibody test was used for the detection of antibodies against CDV. All the samples were negative for CDV antibodies, suggesting that in contrast to mainland Europe, the disease may be either absent or maintained at low levels in British badgers.

Delahay and Frölich: Absence of Antibodies Against Canine Distemper Virus in Free-ranging Populations of the Eurasian Badger in Great Britain
Richard Delahay and Kai Frölich "Absence of Antibodies Against Canine Distemper Virus in Free-ranging Populations of the Eurasian Badger in Great Britain," Journal of Wildlife Diseases 36(3), (1 July 2000). https://doi.org/10.7589/0090-3558-36.3.576
Received: 15 July 1999; Accepted: ; Published: 1 July 2000
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