Rabies Virus Infection in Ferret Badgers (Melogale moschata subaurantiaca) in Taiwan: A Retrospective Study

J Wildl Dis. 2015 Oct;51(4):923-8. doi: 10.7589/2015-04-090. Epub 2015 Aug 12.


Fifteen ferret badgers (Melogale moschata subaurantiaca), collected 2010-13 and stored frozen, were submitted for rabies diagnosis by direct fluorescent antibody test and reverse transcription PCR. We detected seven positive animal samples, including some from 2010, which indicated that the ferret badger population in Taiwan had been affected by rabies prior to 2010.

Keywords: Ferret badger; Taiwan; rabies; retrospective study.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Carnivora
  • Phylogeny
  • Rabies / epidemiology
  • Rabies / veterinary*
  • Rabies virus / genetics
  • Rabies virus / isolation & purification
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Taiwan / epidemiology