Blauzungenkrankheit bei Schweizer schafrassen: Klinische Symptome nach experimenteller infektion mit dem BTV-Serotyp 8

Translated title of the contribution: Clinical signs observed in Swiss sheep after experimental bluetongue virus serotype 8 infection

G. Worwa, Barbara Thür, C. Griot, M. Hofmann, Nigel J Maclachlan, V. Chaignat

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Clinical disease of bluetongue (BT) in sheep may differ depending on breed, age and immunity of infected sheep and may also vary between serotype and strain of BT virus (BTV). Since there are no data available on the susceptibility of Swiss sheep breeds for BT, we performed experimental infection of the 4 most common Swiss sheep breeds and the highly susceptible Poll Dorset sheep with the BTV serotype 8 (BTV-8) circulating in Northern Europe since 2006. Clinical signs were assessed regarding severity, localisation, progression and time point of their appearance. The results clearly show that the Swiss sheep breeds investigated were susceptible to BTV-8 infection. They developed moderate, BT-characteristic symptoms, which were similar to those observed in Poll Dorset sheep. Regardless of breed, the majority of infected animals showed fever, swelling of the head as well as erosions of the mouth and subcutaneous haemorrhages.

Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)491-498
Number of pages8
JournalSchweizer Archiv fur Tierheilkunde
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2008



  • Bluetongue disease
  • BTV serotype 8
  • Clinical signs
  • Experimental infection
  • Swiss sheep breed

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • veterinary(all)

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