Salomonsen, Charlotte Mark1; Breum, Solvej Østergaard5; Larsen, Lars Erik1; Jakobsen, Jeanette6; Høiby, Niels6; Hammer, Anne Sofie1
1 National Veterinary Institute, Technical University of Denmark2 Section for Virology, National Veterinary Institute, Technical University of Denmark3 Division of Poultry, Fish and Fur Animals, National Veterinary Institute, Technical University of Denmark4 Section of Fur Animal Diseases and Wildlife, Division of Poultry, Fish and Fur Animals, National Veterinary Institute, Technical University of Denmark5 National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark6 Copenhagen University Hospital
Background Hemorrhagic pneumonia is a disease of farmed mink (Neovison vison) caused by Pseudomonas aeruginosa. The disease is highly seasonal in Danish mink with outbreaks occurring almost exclusively in the autumn. Human respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) has been shown to augment infection with P. aeruginosa in mice and to promote adhesion of P. aeruginosa to human respiratory cells. Findings We tested 50 lung specimens from mink with hemorrhagic pneumonia for bovine RSV by reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and for human RSV by a commercial real-time PCR. RSV was not found. Conclusions This study indicates that human and bovine RSV is not a major co-factor for development of hemorrhagic pneumonia in Danish mink.