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.