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Volume 17, Number 4—April 2011

Research

Orthopoxvirus DNA in Eurasian Lynx, Sweden

Morten TrylandComments to Author , Malachy Ifeanyi Okeke, Carl Hård af Segerstad, Torsten Mörner, Terje Traavik, and Marie-Pierre Ryser-Degiorgis
Author affiliations: Author affiliations: Norwegian School of Veterinary Science, Tromsø, Norway (M. Tryland); University of Tromsø, Tromsø (M.I. Okeke, T. Traavik); National Veterinary Institute, Uppsala, Sweden (C. Hård af Segerstad, T. Mörner, M.-P. Ryser-Degiorgis); Genøk—Centre for Biosafety, Tromsø (M.I. Okeke, T. Traavik); University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland (M.-P. Ryser-Degiorgis)

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Overview of 24 of 263 Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx) tested for orthopoxvirus-specific DNA, Sweden*

Animal no.
GenBank accession no.
Year
Age, y†
Age class
Sex
Positive by PCR‡
Lung
Kidney
Spleen
17§ Not sequenced 1995 ND Subadult F x x x
23 FJ410798 1996 1 Subadult M x
31§ Not sequenced 1996 1 Subadult M x
38 FJ410799 1997 2 Subadult M x x
49§ FJ429238 1997 ND Adult F x
104 FJ429239 1997 ND Adult M x
111§ FJ429240 1997 ND Juvenile F x
124 FJ429241 1998 1 Subadult F x
128 FJ429242 1998 1 Subadult F x
163§ FJ429243 1998 0 Juvenile M x
165 FJ429244 1998 2 Adult F x
170 FJ429245 1998 1 Subadult F x x x
197 FJ429246 1998 5 Adult M x
199 FJ429247 1998 ND Adult M x
209 FJ429248 1999 ND Subadult M x x
213¶ Not sequenced 1999 1 Subadult F x
214 FJ429249 1999 1 Subadult M x x x
218 FJ429250 1999 1 Subadult M x x
223 FJ429251 1999 4 Adult F x x
226 FJ429252 1999 0 Juvenile F x
229 FJ429253 1999 4 Adult M x
255 FJ429254 1999 1 Subadult M x x
270 FJ429255 1999 6 Adult M x
271 FJ429256 1999 4 Adult M x

*Evidenced by PCR targeting a part of the thymidine kinase gene (tk). Amplicons that were sequenced are underlined. ND, not determined.
†Age determined by sectioning of teeth.
‡Lung, 11 (4.2%), kidney, 13 (4.9%), spleen, 11 (4.2%) of 263 samples positive.
§Animals with sarcoptic mange (Sarcoptes scabiei); all were emaciated (other orthopoxvirus-positive animals except no. 213 were in normal condition).
¶Animal in poor condition.

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