Submitted to: Frontiers in Microbiology
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 5/30/2016
Publication Date: 6/17/2016
Publication URL: http://handle.nal.usda.gov/10113/62918
Citation: Ridpath, J.F., Neill, J.D. 2016. Challenges in identifying and determining the impacts of infection with pestiviruses on the herd health of free ranging cervid populations. Frontiers in Microbiology. 17(7):921. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2016.00921.
Technical Abstract: Although most commonly associated with the infection of domestic livestock, the replication of pestiviruses, in particular bovine viral diarrhea virus (BVDV), occurs in a wide range of free ranging cervids including white-tailed deer, mule deer, fallow deer, elk, red deer, roe deer, eland and mousedeer. While virus isolation and serologic analyses indicate that pestiviruses are circulating in these populations, little is known regarding their impact. The lack of regular surveillance programs, challenges in sampling wild populations, and scarcity of tests and vaccines compound the difficulties in detecting and controlling pestivirus infections in wild cervids.