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Volume 19, Number 12—December 2013

Letter

Bicolored White-toothed Shrews as Reservoir for Borna Disease Virus, Bavaria, Germany

Manon Bourg, Sibylle Herzog, Jorge A. Encarnação, Daniel Nobach, Hildburg Lange-Herbst, Markus Eickmann, and Christiane HerdenComments to Author 
Author affiliations: Justus-Liebig-University, Giessen, Germany (M. Bourg, S. Herzog, J.A. Encarnação, D. Nobach, H. Lange-Herbst, C. Herden); Philipps University, Marburg, Germany (M. Eickmann)

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Small mammals from 7 stables tested for Borna disease virus infection, Bavaria, Germany, 1997–2012*

Stable, species Common name No. tested No. positive for antibodies against BDV No. positive for BDV RNA by RT-PCR
A
Sorex araneus Common shrew 2 0/2 0/2
Mus musculus House mouse 17 2/13† 0/17
Apodemus sylvaticus Wood mouse 1 0/1 0/1
Microtus sp. Vole 1 0/1 0/1
B
Crocidura leucodon Bicolored white-toothed shrew 1 1/1 1/1
Mus musculus House mouse 2 0/2 0/2
C
Micromys minutus Harvest mouse 1 1/1 0/1
Mus musculus House mouse 3 0/2† 0/3
Myodes glareolus Bank vole 1 0/1 0/1
Microtus sp. Vole 1 0/1 0/1
D
Microtus sp. Vole 2 0/2 0/2
E
Crocidura leucodon Bicolored white-toothed shrew 19 3/13† 1/19
Crocidura russula Greater white-toothed shrew 1 0/1 0/1
Sorex araneus Common shrew 3 1/3 0/3
Micromys minutus Harvest mouse 1 0/1† 0/1
Mus musculus House mouse 6 0/6 0/6
Apodemus sylvaticus Wood mouse 5 0/5 0/5
Apodemus flavicollis Yellow-necked mouse 1 0/1 0/1
Arvicola terrestris European water vole 1 0/1 0/1
Microtus sp. Vole 34 0/32† 0/34
F
Apodemus sylvaticus Wood mouse 1 0/1 0/1
Myodes glareolus Bank vole 1 0/1 0/1
Arvicola terrestris European water vole 7 0/6† 0/7
Microtus sp. Vole 2 0/1† 0/1†
G
Apodemus sylvaticus Wood mouse 3 0/3 0/3
Apodemus flavicollis Yellow-necked mouse 1 0/1 0/1
Arvicola terrestris European water vole 1 0/1 0/1
Microtus sp. Vole 1 0/1 0/1

*BDV, Borna disease virus; RT-PCR, reverse transcription PCR.
†No blood or brain samples were available.

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