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Widespread occurrence of squirrel adenovirus 1 in red and grey squirrels in Scotland detected by a novel real-time PCR assay

Kerstin Wernike, Claudia Wylezich, Dirk Hoeper, Julia Schneide, Peter WW Lurz, Anna Meredith, Elspeth Milne, Martin Beer, Rainer G Ulrich



The Eurasian Red Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) is distributed throughout large parts of Europe and Asia. However, its distribution in certain regions of Europe is endangered by the invasive, non-native Grey Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis). Adenoviruses were already described in squirrels in Great Britain almost two decades ago. In 2013, a squirrel adenovirus (SqAdV-1) was additionally found in a red squirrel from Germany, which suffered from acute diffuse catarrhal enteritis, and the complete genome sequence was determined. Here, samples from dead red (n = 25) and grey (n = 12) squirrels collected in Scotland, UK, were analysed for the presence of this squirrel-associated virus. By using a new..

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Awarded by Bundeswehr Medical Service

Awarded by European ERA-NET project "EpiSeq"

Funding Acknowledgements

This work was in part supported by the contract-research -project for the Bundeswehr Medical Service FV E/U2AD/CF512/DF557 META-InfRisk and the European ERA-NET project "EpiSeq" (grant 2811ERA094). The funders played no role in the study design, in collection, analysis, and interpretation of data and the writing of the report.