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Archives of Virology

, Volume 144, Issue 4, pp 771–780 | Cite as

Detection of equine herpesvirus types 2 and 5 (EHV-2 and EHV-5) in Przewalski’s wild horses

  • K. Borchers
  • K. Frölich
  • H. Ludwig
Brief Report

Summary

In blood samples of seven captive equid species from four German zoos EHV-1 specific antibodies were detected in 76% and EHV-4 specific antibodies in 73% of the 55 animals, whereas 93% were tested positive for EHV-2 and EHV-5, respectively. In only one blood sample from a Przewalski’s wild horse EHV-4 DNA was amplified by PCR. From seven Przewalski’s wild horses EHV-2, and from another one EHV-5 was isolated by cocultivation. The identity of the virus isolates was verified by PCR and restriction enzyme digestion.

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© Springer-Verlag 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • K. Borchers
    • 1
  • K. Frölich
    • 2
  • H. Ludwig
    • 1
  1. 1. Institut für Virologie, FU Berlin, Berlin, Federal Republic of GermanyGermany
  2. 2. Institut für Zoo- und Wildtierforschung, Berlin, Federal Republic of GermanyGermany

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