Abortion outbreaks associated with congenital malformations in two distinct small-ruminant flocks were reported in Turkey in 2013-2014. This paper describes the first molecular characterization of Turkish Akabane virus strains in small-ruminant flocks using partial sequence analysis of the S segment and pathological findings.
Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), a member of the transmissible spongiform encepahlopathies, has been a notifiable disease in Turkey since 1997. In 2002, the BSE status of Turkey was assessed by the EU Scientific Steering Committee as "it is likely but not confirmed". This study presents the results of a targeted surveillance study to assess the… (More)