Serological survey of domestic animals for tick-borne encephalitis and Bhanja viruses in northeastern Hungary

Silvie Šikutová, Sándor Hornok, Zdeněk Hubálek, Iva Doležálková, Zina Juřicová, Ivo Rudolf

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Blood sera collected from 400 domestic animals (260 cattle, 100 Merino sheep, and 40 Hutzul horses) in northeastern Hungary in 2005 were examined for antibodies against two tick-borne viruses, tick-borne encephalitis flavivirus (TBEV) and Bhanja bunyavirus (BHAV). Using ELISA as screening test and plaque-reduction neutralization as confirmatory test, seropositivity to TBEV was found to be 26.5% in cattle, 7.0% in sheep, and 0.0% in horses. Among cattle, the animals up to 3 years old had significantly lower seroprevalence rate than those in older age groups. Natural foci of tick-borne encephalitis are obviously present in northeastern Hungary. On the other hand, no antibodies neutralizing BHAV were detected in the domestic animals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)267-271
Number of pages5
JournalVeterinary Microbiology
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - márc. 30 2009


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • veterinary(all)

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