Japanese Journal of Veterinary Research;Volume 51, Number 1

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Evidence of bovine immunodeficiency virus in cattle in Turkey

Meas, Sothy;Yilmaz, Zeki;Usui, Tatsufumi;Torun, Serhat;Yesilbag, Kadir;Ohashi, Kazuhiko;Onuma, Misao

Permalink : http://hdl.handle.net/2115/2968
JaLCDOI : 10.14943/jjvr.51.1.3
KEYWORDS : bovine immunodeficiency virus;bovine leukemia virus;molecular evidence;seroprevalence;Turkey

Abstract

A seroepidemiological study of bovine immunodeficiency virus (BIV) and bovine leukemia virus (BLV) infections was conducted in four different cattle herds in Turkey. A total of 300 blood samples were analyzed and 12.3% were found to be positive for anti-BIV p26 antibodies by Western blot analysis and 1.6% positive for anti-BLV gp51 antibodies by an immunodiffusion test. BIV infection was confirmed with the detection of BIV-provirus DNA using the nested polymerase chain reaction. This is the first evidence for the presence of BIV in cattle in Turkey.

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