Natural Borna disease virus infection in cats in the United Kingdom

N A Reeves, C R Helps, D A Gunn-Moore, C Blundell, P L Finnemore, G R Pearson, D A Harbour

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Borna disease virus (BDV) is a novel RNA virus that has only recently been characterised and classified in a new virus family, Bornaviridae. The virus was detected in buffy coat cells from four of five cats with neurological disease and in the brains of five of 15 cats with nervous signs and of one of three cats with non-neurological disease. In a serosurvey of 111 cats the incidence of antibody to BDV in cats with neurological disease was higher than in cats with other types of disease, suggesting that the virus may play a role in nervous diseases of cats in the UK.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)523-6
Number of pages4
JournalVeterinary Record
Issue number19
Publication statusPublished - 7 Nov 1998


  • Animals
  • Cat Diseases
  • Antibodies, Viral
  • Borna Disease
  • Seroepidemiologic Studies
  • Cats
  • Brain
  • Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay
  • Borna disease virus
  • Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • Great Britain


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