Isolation of bovine malignant catarrhal fever virus from ocular and nasal secretions of wildebeest calves

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1980
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Jesset D.M
Karstad L.
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Malignant catarrhal fever (MCF) virus was isolated from ocular secretions of four out of nine free-ranging wildebeest calves, while four out of 11 animals had the virus in nasal secretions. The mean infectivity of virus in ocular and nasal secretions was 102 25TCID5o/ml and 102"TCID5o/ml respectively but infectivity of more than 103 •2TCID5, /ml was found in some ocular and nalslil secretions. Thus it appears that MCF virus is excrete. The ocular and nasal routes from wildebeest calves, and e presence of high titre virus supports the suggestion t at MCF virus is disseminated by these secretions. This virus was not recovered from urine or saliva.
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East African Agricultural And Forestry Journal, 29, p. 168-171