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Wildlife Diseases
Tickborne encephalitis virus antibodies in wild cervids in Belgium
  1. Annick Linden1,
  2. Marc Wirtgen1,
  3. Adrien Nahayo1,
  4. Paul Heyman2,
  5. Matthias Niedrig3 and
  6. Yesica Schulze3
  1. Network of Wildlife Diseases, Department of Infectious and Parasitic Diseases, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Liège, Bâtiment B43a, Sart Tilman, 4000 Liège, Belgium
  2. Research Laboratory for Vector Borne Diseases, Queen Astrid Military Hospital, Bruynstraat 1, 1120 Brussels, Belgium
  3. Centre for Biological Safety, Robert Koch Institut, Nordufer 20, 13353 Berlin, Germany

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TICKBORNE encephalitis (TBE) is currently a growing public health concern in Europe. An average of about 9000 reported human cases of TBE per year was recently reported for Europe and Russia between 1990 and 2007 (Donoso Mantke and others 2011).

Until now, no cases of TBE have been reported from Belgium or from other countries such as the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain, the UK, Ireland and Iceland. In 2011, serological screening in Belgian sentinel dogs detected one TBE-seropositive …

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