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Fourteen of 27 American mink (Mustela vison) trapped in the upper Thames region were positive for anti-Aleutian disease antibodies. This demonstration of the occurrence of this viral disease in a feral American mink population suggests that it could threaten populations of at least two protected mustelids, the otter (Lutra lutra) and the polecat (Mustela putorius), and may also play a role in the apparent decline of local mink populations in Britain.

Type

Journal article

Journal

Vet Rec

Publication Date

20/10/2001

Volume

149

Pages

485 - 488

Keywords

Age Factors, Aleutian Mink Disease, Aleutian Mink Disease Virus, Animals, Animals, Wild, Antibodies, Viral, England, Female, Male, Mink, Seroepidemiologic Studies