Epidemiology of Bovine malignant CatarrhaL fevers, A review

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1981
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E. Z. MUSHI
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The mode of transmission of malignant catarrhal fever Virus (MCFV) from Wildebeest to cattle has been obscure for some time. Recent studies on theV1rus shedding patterns of wildebeest have revealed that MCFV occurs in nasal and ocular secretions of young wildebeest in a stable, cell-free state. Such cell-free virus is not found 1n the secretions of MCFV infected cattle. The find1ngs indicate that MCFV is transmitted from wildebeest to cattle cell-free virus shed in the secretlons of young wildebeest calves and may explain the non-contagious nature of the disease in cattle. The mode of transmission of sheep-associated MCF has not been determined Because the causative agent of this condition has not been isolated from either carrier sheep or sick cattle.
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East African Agricultural And Forestry Journal, 5, p. 127-142