Serological evidence of West Nile Virus (WNV) in mammalian species in Turkey


OZKUL A., YILDIRIM Y., PINAR D., Akcali A. , YILMAZ V., COLAK D.

EPIDEMIOLOGY AND INFECTION, vol.134, no.4, pp.826-829, 2006 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 134 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Doi Number: 10.1017/s0950268805005492
  • Title of Journal : EPIDEMIOLOGY AND INFECTION
  • Page Numbers: pp.826-829

Abstract

In this study, the sera collected from a variety of mammalian species (ass-mules, cat, cattle, dog, horse, human and sheep) in 10 representative provinces of Turkey, were surveyed for the presence of neutralizing antibodies to West Nile virus (WNV). Overall, 1 of 40 (2.5 %) ass-mules, 4 of 100 (4 %) cattle, 43 of 114 (37.7 %) dogs, 35 of 259 (13.5 %) horses, 18 of 88 (20.4 %) humans and 1 of 100 (1 %) sheep, tested positive for WNV-neutralizing antibodies. The results indicate that a wide range of mammals are exposed to a West Nile-related virus and this could contribute to the long-term survival of this virus in the absence of overt disease.