Shrews as reservoir hosts of borna disease virus

Monika Hilbe, Romana Herrsche, Jolanta Kolodziejek, Norbert Nowotny, Kati Zlinszky, Felix Ehrensperger

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Borna disease virus (BDV) is the causative agent of severe T-cell-mediated meningoencephalitis in horses, sheep, and other animal species in central Europe. Here we report the first unequivocal detection of a BDV reservoir species, the bicolored white-toothed shrew, Crocidura leucodon, in an area in Switzerland with endemic Borna disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)675-677
Number of pages3
JournalEmerging Infectious Diseases
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2006


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  • Microbiology (medical)

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Hilbe, M., Herrsche, R., Kolodziejek, J., Nowotny, N., Zlinszky, K., & Ehrensperger, F. (2006). Shrews as reservoir hosts of borna disease virus. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 12(4), 675-677.