Novel picornavirus in lambs with severe encephalomyelitis

Leonie F. Forth, Sandra F.E. Scholes, Patricia Pesavento, Kenneth Jackson, Adrienne Mackintosh, Amanda Carson, Fiona Howie, Kore Schlottau, Kerstin Wernike, Anne Pohlmann, Dirk Höper, Martin Beer

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Using metagenomic analysis, we identified a novel picornavirus in young preweaned lambs with neurologic signs associated with severe nonsuppurative encephalitis and sensory ganglionitis in 2016 and 2017 in the United Kingdom. In situ hybridization demonstrated intralesional neuronotropism of this virus, which was also detected in archived samples of similarly affected lambs (1998–2014).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)963-967
Number of pages5
JournalEmerging Infectious Diseases
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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