Journal article

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

VIRUS RESEARCH | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 2018

Abstract

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.