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Variations in the severity of phocid herpesvirus type 1 infections with age in grey seals and harbour seals
  1. B. E. E. Martina, MSc1,
  2. T. H. Jensen, DVM1,
  3. M. W. G. van de Bildt, MSc1,
  4. A. D. M. E. Osterhaus, DVM, PhD1 and
  5. T. C. Harder, DVM, PhD2
  1. 1 Seal Rehabilitation and Research Centre, Hoofdstraat 94a, 9968AG Pieterburen, The Netherlands
  2. 2 Institute of Medical Microbiology and Virology, Christian- Albrechts University Clinics, Brunswiker Strasse 4, D-24105 Kiel, Germany
  1. Erasmus University Rotterdam, Institute of Virology, PO Box 1738, 300DR Rotterdam, The Netherlands,Seal Rehabilitation and Research Centre, Hoofdstraat 94a, 9968AG Pieterburen, The Netherlands

Abstract

The data recorded during an outbreak of phocid herpesvirus type 1 infection among 19 harbour seals and 29 grey seals being nursed in a seal rehabilitation centre in the Netherlands in 1998 were used, together with data from similar outbreaks in previous years, to compare the clinical signs observed in the two species at different ages. The severity of the disease was inversely correlated with age in the harbour seals, and the infected harbour seals generally developed more severe clinical signs than the infected grey seals.

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