Investigation of the presence of human or bovine respiratory syncytial virus in the lungs of mink (Neovison vison) with hemorrhagic pneumonia due to Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Charlotte Mark Salomonsen, Solvej Østergaard Breum, Lars Erik Larsen, Jeanette Jakobsen, Niels Høiby, Anne Sofie Hammer

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    Abstract

    Background
    Hemorrhagic pneumonia is a disease of farmed mink (Neovison vison) caused by Pseudomonas aeruginosa. The disease is highly seasonal in Danish mink with outbreaks occurring almost exclusively in the autumn. Human respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) has been shown to augment infection with P. aeruginosa in mice and to promote adhesion of P. aeruginosa to human respiratory cells.

    Findings
    We tested 50 lung specimens from mink with hemorrhagic pneumonia for bovine RSV by reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and for human RSV by a commercial real-time PCR. RSV was not found.

    Conclusions
    This study indicates that human and bovine RSV is not a major co-factor for development of hemorrhagic pneumonia in Danish mink.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalActa Veterinaria Scandinavica (Online)
    Volume54
    Issue number70
    Number of pages3
    ISSN0044-605X
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2012

    Bibliographical note

    This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

    Keywords

    • Hemorrhagic pneumonia
    • Mink
    • Pseudomonas aeruginosa
    • Respiratory syncytial virus

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