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Distemper virus as a cause of central nervous disease and death in badgers (Meles meles) in Denmark
  1. A. S. Hammer, DVM,
  2. H. H. Dietz, DVM, PhD,
  3. T. H. Andersen, DVM1,
  4. L. Nielsen, Candscient and
  5. M. Blixenkrone-Moeller, DVM, PhD, DrVetSci2
  1. 1 Danish Institute for Food and Veterinary Research, Hangøvej 2, DK-8200 Århus, Denmark
  2. 2 Laboratory of Virology, Department of Veterinary Microbiology, The Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, 7 Stigbøjlen, DK-1870 Frederiksberg C, Denmark


During the summer of 2002 a distemper-like disease was observed in the free-ranging badger population in Denmark. It was characterised by grand seizures, abnormal behaviour and death; the badgers all had severe chronic pneumonia and some had non-suppurative encephalomyelitis. In this study, eight of the affected badgers were examined by gross pathological, histological, immunohistological, bacteriological, parasitological and virological methods, and were diagnosed with distemper; canine distemper virus was identified.

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