Serological evidence of murine pathogens in wild grey squirrels (Sciurus carolinensis) in North Wales
- 1 International Zoo Veterinary Group, Keighley Business Centre, South Street, Keighley, West Yorkshire BD21 IAG
- 2 Department of Pathology and Infectious Diseases, Royal Veterinary College, Royal College Street, London NW1 OUT
- 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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