Passive surveillance (1987 to 2004) of United Kingdom bats for European bat lyssaviruses

SL Harris, SM Brookes, G Jones, AM Hutson, AR Fooks

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)peer-review

25 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Passive surveillance for European bat lyssaviruses (EBLVs) in the UK began in 1987, and between 1987 and 2004, 4883 bats of European origin (4871 belonging to 17 UK resident species and 12 belonging to seven non-UK resident species) were tested. The proportions and numbers of each species submitted from different regions varied considerably, partly owing to inherent biases in the passive surveillance, and there were seasonal variations in the numbers, sex and age of the bats. Contact with cats was reported in approximately 30 per cent of the bats submitted. Daubenton's bat (Myotis daubentonii) was the only species found to be positive for lyssavirus infection, with four cases of EBLV type 2 identified, in 1996, 2002, 2003 and 2004. No active infection with EBLV type 1 was recorded.
Translated title of the contributionPassive surveillance (1987 to 2004) of United Kingdom bats for European bat lyssaviruses
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)439 - 446
Number of pages8
JournalVeterinary Record
Volume159 (14)
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2006

Bibliographical note

Publisher: BVA Publications

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Passive surveillance (1987 to 2004) of United Kingdom bats for European bat lyssaviruses'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this