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Pestivirus in alpine wild ruminants and sympatric livestock from the Cantabrian Mountains, Spain
  1. X. Fernández-Aguilar, DVM1,
  2. J. R. López-Olvera, DVM, PhD1,
  3. I. Marco, DVM, PhD1,
  4. R. Rosell, BSc2,
  5. A. Colom-Cadena, DVM1,
  6. S. Soto-Heras, DVM1,
  7. S. Lavín, DVM, PhD1 and
  8. O. Cabezón, DVM, PhD, ECZM-WPH1
  1. 1Servei d'Ecopatologia de Fauna Salvatge, Facultat de Veterinària, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Bellaterra 08193, Spain
  2. 2IRTA, Centre de Recerca en Sanitat Animal (CReSA, IRTA-UAB), Campus de la Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Bellaterra 08193, Spain
  1. E-mail for correspondence: xfdezaguilar{at}
  • X. Fernández-Aguilar, A. Colom-Cadena, O. Cabezón are also at IRTA, Centre de Recerca en Sanitat Animal (CReSA, IRTA-UAB), Campus de la Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Bellaterra 08193, Spain

  • R. Rosell is also at Departament d'Agricultura, Alimentació i Acció Rural, Generalitat de Catalunya, Bellaterra, Spain


Bovine viral diarrhoea virus (BVDV) and Border disease virus (BDV) were investigated at the wildlife-livestock interface in the distribution area of chamois in the Cantabrian Mountains, North-Western Spain. From 2010 to 2014, sera from sympatric wild (n=167) and domestic (n=272) ruminants were analysed for pestivirus antibodies by cELISA, virus neutralisation test (VNT) and for the presence of pestiviral RNA using a reverse transcription (RT)-PCR. Results showed a higher seroprevalence in cattle (59.4 per cent, 13/13 of herds) than in domestic small ruminants (5.9 per cent sheep, 2/8 of flocks; 0 per cent goats of 4 flocks) and wildlife (10.8 per cent in red deer, 0 per cent in roe deer and 0 per cent in Cantabrian chamois). High VNT titres were detected in two cattle herds, suggesting the circulation of BVDV-1 and BVDV-2 strains. BVDV-1 RNA was detected in one cattle calf by RT-PCR and sequencing. Conversely to other similar grazing systems, sheep flocks did not play a relevant role in the pestivirus epidemiology in this region. Pestivirus infections in wild ruminants were sporadic and most probably dependent on a domestic source.

  • Border disease
  • Bovine viral diarrhoea virus (BVDV)
  • Chamois
  • Livestock
  • reed deer
  • roe deer

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