Prevalence and Epidemiological Features of Bovine Viral Diarrhoea Virus Infection in Lithuania

Vet Microbiol. 2004 Mar 26;99(1):51-7. doi: 10.1016/j.vetmic.2003.11.008.


The objectives of the present work were to estimate the level of bovine viral diarrhoea virus (BVDV) infection in cattle herds at the different Lithuanian districts and to determine factors influencing the course of BVDV infection. The studies were explored in 147 intensive dairy cattle breeding herds from 27 different Lithuanian regions in 1997-2001. BVDV infection was diagnosed in all investigated regions. The existing variations in the structure of cattle population determined different distribution patterns of BVDV infection. The number of seropositive animals ranged from 11.9 to 100%. It must be pointed out that 29.9% of the herds were not infected with BVDV and in 32.7% of the herds from 70 to 100% of cattle were seropositive to BVDV. A positive correlation between the number of seropositive cattle, and the size of herds and age of animals was determined. Sex of animal had no influence on the prevalence of BVDV. It was estimated that the annual incidence risk of infection with BVDV decreases with the animal age.

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors
  • Animal Husbandry / methods
  • Animals
  • Antibodies, Viral / blood
  • Bovine Virus Diarrhea-Mucosal Disease / epidemiology*
  • Bovine Virus Diarrhea-Mucosal Disease / virology
  • Cattle
  • Diarrhea Viruses, Bovine Viral / growth & development*
  • Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay / veterinary
  • Female
  • Incidence
  • Lithuania / epidemiology
  • Male
  • Seroepidemiologic Studies
  • Sex Factors


  • Antibodies, Viral