Schmallenberg Virus Antibodies Detected in Poland

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Schmallenberg Virus Antibodies Detected in Poland
J. Kaba, M. Czopowicz and L. Witkowski
Unit of Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Warsaw, Poland
Keywords:
Arboviruses; ELISA; goats; Culicoides
Correspondence:
J. Kaba. Unit of Veterinary Epidemiology and
Economics, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine,
Warsaw University of Life Sciences,
Nowoursynowska 159c, 02-776 Warsaw,
Poland.
Tel.: +48 22 59 36 110;
Fax: +48 22 59 36 010;
E-mail: jaroslaw_kaba@sggw.pl
Received for publication October 17, 2012
doi:10.1111/tbed.12039
Summary
Between 24 and 30 July 2012 230 adult goats from three western provinces of
Poland bordering on Germany (Western Pomerania, Lubuskie and Lower Silesia)
were blood-sampled and tested for antibodies to Schmallenberg virus (SBV) using
indirect immunoenzymatic test (ID Screen® Schmallenberg virus indirect, IDvet
Innovative Diagnostics). The ELISA test identified 21 seropositive goats – 15 in
Western Pomerania (16% of all goats tested in this province), five in Lubuskie
(6%) and one in Lower Silesia (2%). Our study demonstrates for the first time
the presence of antibodies to SBV in Poland.