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Serological evidence of murine pathogens in wild grey squirrels (Sciurus carolinensis) in North Wales
  1. A. G. Greenwood, MA, VetMB, DipECAMS, FIBiol, MRCVS1 and
  2. S. Sanchez, BSc, MSc, PhD, CBiol, MIBiol2
  1. 1 International Zoo Veterinary Group, Keighley Business Centre, South Street, Keighley, West Yorkshire BD21 IAG
  2. 2 Department of Pathology and Infectious Diseases, Royal Veterinary College, Royal College Street, London NW1 OUT
  1. Athens Diagnostic Laboratory, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia, Athens GA 30602, USA


Wild grey squirrels in North Wales were examined for their serological response to a range of laboratory mouse pathogens. Nineteen squirrels were tested against 14 organisms and a high seroprevalence was found to several, including murine cytomegalovirus, mouse adenovirus, reovirus 3, rotavirus and Sendai virus. Four of the squirrels were seropositive for lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus, a zoonotic pathogen. None of the infections has previously been reported in squirrels.

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