Low titers of canine distemper virus antibody in wild fishers (Martes pennanti) in the eastern usa

Steven T. Peper, Randall L. Peper, Denise H. Mitcheltree, George V. Kollias, Robert P. Brooks, Sadie S. Stevens, Thomas L. Serfass

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Abstract

Canine distemper virus (CDV) infects species in the order Carnivora. Members of the family Mustelidae are among the species most susceptible to CDV and have a high mortality rate after infection. Assessing an animal’s pathogen or disease load prior to any reintroduction project is important to help protect the animal being reintroduced, as well as the wildlife and livestock in the area of relocation. We screened 58 fishers for CDV antibody prior to their release into Pennsylvania, US, as part of a reintroduction program. Five of the 58 (9%) fishers had a weak-positive reaction for CDV antibody at a dilution of 1:16. None of the fishers exhibited any clinical sign of canine distemper while being held prior to release.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)150-153
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of wildlife diseases
Volume52
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology

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