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Bornavirus

Foto: Kostarika-Grauhörnchen (Foto: Patrick Gijsbers)
Costa-Rica Variegated Squirrel (Photo by Patrick
Gijsbers)

01 March 2016

Variegated Squirrel Bornavirus 1 (VSBV-1) has been detected in several variegated and beautiful squirrels and in three breeders of variegated squirrels. Extensive molecular biological and immunohistological investigations indicate that VSBV-1 is a novel zoonotic pathogen and that the three deceased breeders contracted the infection from their infected variegated squirrels. 

Currently it is unclear whether VSBV-1 also occurs in other animals. Investigations on the identification of further susceptible species and on the origin of the pathogen are ongoing.