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
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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