Detection and molecular characterization of Suid herpesvirus type 1 in Austrian wild boar and hunting dogs

Adolf Steinrigl*, Sandra Revilla-Fernández, Jolanta Kolodziejek, Eveline Wodak, Zoltán Bagó, Norbert Nowotny, Friedrich Schmoll, Josef Köfer

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Aujeszky's disease (AD), caused by Suid herpesvirus type 1 (SuHV-1), is an economically important disease in domestic swine. Thus, rigorous control programmes have been implemented and consecutively AD in domestic swine was successfully eradicated in many countries, including Austria. However, SuHV-1 continues to thrive in wild boar populations, as indicated by high seroprevalences in a number of European countries and by occasional cases of AD in hunting dogs.For the first time, SuHV-1 was detected in Austrian wild boar and a molecular characterization of SuHV-1 isolated from wild boar and hunting dogs was performed. Results of preliminary serological analyses suggest a regional SuHV-1 seroprevalence of over 30% in free-living and almost 70% in fenced wild boar from Eastern Austria. Molecular typing of Austrian SuHV-1 isolates of wild boar origin revealed the presence of two genetically distinct variants of SuHV-1, both capable of infecting dogs that have been exposed to infected wild boar during hunting.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)276-284
Number of pages9
JournalVeterinary Microbiology
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - Jun 15 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Austria
  • GC coding region
  • Hunting dog
  • Phylogenetic analysis
  • SuHV-1
  • Wild boar

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • General Veterinary


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