Fachbereich Veterinärmedizin



    Oral exposure, reinfection and cellular immunity to Schmallenberg virus in cattle (2013)

    Zeitschriftenartikel / wissenschaftlicher Beitrag
    Wernike, Kerstin
    Eschbaumer, Michael
    Schirrmeier, Horst
    Blohm, Ulrike
    Breithaupt, Angele
    Hoffmann, Bernd
    Beer, Martin
    Veterinary Microbiology; 165(1/2) — S. 155–159
    ISSN: 0378-1135
    DOI: 10.1016/j.vetmic.2013.01.040
    Pubmed: 23452751
    Institut für Tierpathologie

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    Abstract / Zusammenfassung

    Schmallenberg virus (SBV), a novel orthobunyavirus, was discovered in Germany in 2011. In adult ruminants SBV causes mild transient disease, but foetal infection can lead to severe malformations. Owing to its recent discovery, the knowledge about the pathogenesis is limited. In this study, two heifers seroconverted after a previous SBV infection and five SBV antibody-negative calves were subcutaneously inoculated, another two animals received SBV orally and three were kept as controls. In naïve cattle infected subcutaneously viral RNA was detected in serum and blood samples for several days. Seropositive or orally inoculated animals as well as the uninfected controls remained negative throughout the study. Seroconversion was observed only after subcutaneous exposure of the naïve animals to SBV. In lymphocytes from peripheral blood SBV genome was not detected, but the lymphocyte homeostasis in blood was influenced.