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First report of papillomatosis due to papillomavirus in a Eurasian badger (Meles meles)
  1. David James Everest1,
  2. Akbar Dastjerdi2,
  3. Nadia Inglese2,
  4. Alex Barlow3 and
  5. David Couper4
  1. 1Pathology and Animal Sciences, Animal and Plant Health Agency, Addlestone, UK
  2. 2Virology, Animal and Plant Health Agency, Addlestone, UK
  3. 3Pathology, Animal and Plant Health Agency Veterinary Investigation Centre Starcross, Exeter, UK
  4. 4Wildlife, RSPCA, Taunton, UK
  1. Correspondence to David Couper; david.couper{at}


A live Eurasian badger (Meles meles) was admitted to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, West Hatch, Somerset, on August 10, 2018. It had been found in a local garden entangled in electric fencing. Examination of the badger under anaesthesia revealed a small number of papillomatous lesions on the right cheek and samples of the lesions were submitted to Animal and Plant Health Agency. Transmission electron microscopy analysis of the lesion material confirmed the presence of a papillomavirus and further histological examination of tissue samples from the lesion revealed features consistent with a finding of papillomatosis. Here we report the first diagnosis of papillomatosis due to a papillomavirus in Eurasian badgers, another infectious agent detected in this species.

  • badgers
  • virology
  • infectious diseases
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  • Contributors DJA, AD and NI performed virology. AB performed histopathology. DC performed clinical aspects.

  • Funding The APHA Diseases of Wildlife Scheme receives funding from Defra as part of the GB Wildlife Disease Surveillance Partnership.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Data availability statement All data relevant to the study are included in the article

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