European brown hare syndrome virus in free-ranging European brown hares from Argentina

K. Frolich, G.E.J.G. Kujawski, M. Rudolph, L. Rønsholt, S. Speck

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    Abstract

    From 1998 to 2000, serum samples of 80 shot European brown hares (Lepus europaeus) from Argentina were examined for antibodies against European brown hare syndrome virus (EBHSV) and 80 spleen samples were tested for EBHSV-antigen by enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). Nine hares were positive for EBHSV-antigen. Antibodies against EBHSV were detected in only one individual. Based on negative staining electron microscopy of spleen homogenates, we observed calicivirus in one of five EBHSV-antigen positive hares. However, EBHS has not been reported to cause abnormal mortality in these hares. This is the first report of antibodies to EBHSV, EBHSV-antigen, and electron microscopy findings in free-ranging European brown hares from South America.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalJournal of Wildlife Diseases
    Volume39
    Issue number1
    Pages (from-to)121-124
    ISSN0090-3558
    Publication statusPublished - 2003

    Keywords

    • serologic survey
    • Argentina
    • European brown hare syndrome virus
    • Lepus europaeus
    • electron microscopy

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