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Vet J. 2014 Sep;201(3):249-56. doi: 10.1016/j.tvjl.2014.05.040. Epub 2014 Jun 6.

Epidemiology and control of bovine herpesvirus 1 infection in Europe.

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1
Institute of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Sciences, Estonian University of Life Sciences, Kreutzwaldi 62, Tartu 51014, Estonia. Electronic address: kerli.raaperi@emu.ee.
2
Institute of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Sciences, Estonian University of Life Sciences, Kreutzwaldi 62, Tartu 51014, Estonia.

Abstract

Bovine herpesvirus 1 (BHV-1) causes infectious bovine rhinotracheitis (IBR), infectious pustular vulvovaginitis, abortion and balanoposthitis, as well as neurological and systemic disease in cattle. The virus is endemic in cattle populations worldwide although in Europe six countries and several regions in other countries have achieved 'IBR-free' status by implementing control measures. According to European Union (EU) directives, all member states must comply with specific requirements related to BHV-1 infection status in semen and embryos. The requirement that 'IBR-free' states restrict the importation of cattle from endemically infected regions has motivated several European countries to instigate disease eradication programmes. Despite such control measures within the EU, outbreaks of IBR persist in 'IBR-free' states contiguous with infected countries. This review presents a summary of recent research on the epidemiology of BHV-1, highlights the control measures and surveillance systems in place, and discusses the challenges facing eradication schemes.

KEYWORDS:

Bovine herpesvirus 1; Europe; Infectious bovine rhinotracheitis; Prevalence; Risk factors; Surveillance

PMID:
24954868
DOI:
10.1016/j.tvjl.2014.05.040
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