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Veterinary Record 170:188 doi:10.1136/vr.e1128
  • Letters
  • Wildlife Disease

Adenovirus particles from a wild red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) from Northern Ireland

  1. Ian Montgomery3
  1. AHVLA – Weybridge, New Haw, Addlestone, Surrey KT15 3NB
  2. Northern Ireland Forest Service, Dundonald House, Upper Newtownards Road, Ballymiscaw, Belfast BT4 3SB
  3. School of Biological Sciences, Queen's University Belfast, Belfast BT9 7BL
  1. e-mail: david.everest{at}ahvla.gsi.gov.uk

SURVEYS of red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) populations in Northern Ireland over recent decades have shown a reduction in some populations. Suspected competition for resources with the grey squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) and the recent squirrelpox virus (SQPV) outbreak, which caused high mortality among the red squirrel population in Tollymore Forest, County Down, Northern Ireland, in early 2011 are likely contributing factors to this picture.

Other viral diseases, such as adenovirus, have been described in recent years (Everest and others 2010), where sporadic and group losses have been recorded in both free-ranging and captive …

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