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Origin of maternally transferred antibodies against rabies in foxes (Vulpes vulpes)
  1. A. Vos, PhD1,
  2. U. Schaarschmidt, DVM2,
  3. A. Muluneh, DVM3 and
  4. T. Müller, DVM4
  1. 1 IDT GmbH, PSF 214, 06855 Rosslau, Germany
  2. 2 Landesuntersuchungsamt für das Gesundheits- und Veterinürwesen Sachsen, Standort Chemnitz, 09126 Chemnitz, Germany
  3. 3 Landesuntersuchungsamt für das Gesundheits- und Veterinärwesen Sachsen, Standort Dresden, 01217 Dresden, Germany
  4. 4 Institute for Epidemiological Diagnostics, Federal Research Center for Virus Diseases of Animals, 16868 Wusterhausen, Germany


During previous experiments, maternal antibodies against rabies were detected in the sera of fox cubs whelped by orally immunised vixens. These antibodies appear to be transferred exclusively via the colostrum. No evidence of maternally transferred immunity in the form of immunoglobulin G was found in 80 fox embryos collected from 19 rabies-immune vixens originating from areas where oral rabies vaccine baits had been distributed.

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