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Virology
Re-emergence of canine distemper in wildlife in Belgium
  1. Mutien Garigliany,
  2. Michaël Sarlet,
  3. Mathieu Franssen,
  4. Daniel Desmecht,
  5. Rosario Volpe,
  6. Christophe Lesenfants,
  7. Julien Paternostre and
  8. Annick Linden
  1. Department of Pathology
  2. Surveillance Network for Wildlife Diseases, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Liège, Liège, Belgium
  1. e-mail: a.linden{at}uliege.be

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Between 30 and 50 red foxes (Vulpes vulpes) are submitted each year to the University of Liège’s veterinary faculty for postmortem examination. Occasionally, other wild carnivores such as European badgers (Meles meles) and raccoons (Procyon lotor) are also submitted.

A PCR-based screening for canine distemper virus (CDV)1 has been performed systematically. Since 2014, all submitted cases tested negative for CDV. On November 14, 2017, a wild raccoon with severe neurological impairment was euthanased in a revalidation centre, near the Liège veterinary faculty. …

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