Journal article

Serosurveillance and Molecular Investigation of Wild Deer in Australia Reveals Seroprevalence ofPestivirusInfection

Jose L Huaman, Carlo Pacioni, David M Forsyth, Anthony Pople, Jordan O Hampton, Teresa G Carvalho, Karla J Helbig

VIRUSES-BASEL | MDPI | Published : 2020

Abstract

Since deer were introduced into Australia in the mid-1800s, their wild populations have increased in size and distribution, posing a potential risk to the livestock industry, through their role in pathogen transmission cycles. In comparison to livestock, there are limited data on viral infections in all wildlife, including deer. The aim of this study was to assess blood samples from wild Australian deer for serological evidence of exposure to relevant viral livestock diseases. Blood samples collected across eastern Australia were tested by ELISA to detect antigens and antibodies against Pestivirus and antibodies against bovine herpesvirus 1. A subset of samples was also assessed by RT-PCR fo..

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