Bluetongue Virus Serotypes 1 and 4 in Red Deer, Spain
Published Date:Mar 2010
Source:Emerg Infect Dis. 16(3):518-520.
Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction
Serotypes 1 And 4
Description:We studied the potential of red deer as bluetongue maintenance hosts and sentinels. Deer maintained detectable bluetongue virus (BTV) serotype 4 RNA for 1 year after the virus was cleared from livestock. However, the virus was not transmitted to yearlings. BTV serotype 1 RNA was detected in red deer immediately after its first detection in cattle.
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