"We need to develop a comprehensive control strategy on Louping Ill if we're going to eradicate it."
Part of that strategy could be to remove areas of bracken, which is a sanctuary for the ticks, and vaccinate sheep against Louping Ill.
JQ646028) was 94% identical to the strain from Britain (EU074000) and 93% identical to the strains from Spain (EU074016) and the Negishi virus (EU074002), thus confirming identity of the Asturian strain louping ill virus.
Histopathologic lesions together with molecular genetic results enabled a definitive diagnosis: tick-borne encephalitis caused by an Asturian strain of louping ill virus.
The concern over finding louping ill in this area lies in its zoonotic potential.
Densities of the tick (Ixodes ricinus) and coexistence of the louping ill
virus and tick borne encephalitis virus on the island of Bornholm [article in Danish].
Tracing the origins of louping ill virus by molecular phylogenetic analysis.
Transmission of louping ill virus between infected and uninfected ticks co-feeding on mountain hares.