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Shrews as Reservoir Hosts of Borna Disease Virus

By Monika Hilbe, Romana Herrsche, Jolanta Kolodziejek, Norbert Nowotny, Kati Zlinszky and Felix Ehrensperger


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

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