Diagnostic test for lymphoproliferative disease virus infection of turkeys, using the polymerase chain reaction.

R. Sarid, A. Chajut, M. Malkinson, S. R. Tronick, A. Gazit, A. Yaniv

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Abstract

Lymphoproliferative disease virus, a type-C retrovirus, is the etiologic agent of a naturally acquired lymphoproliferative disorder in turkeys. The disease is characterized by rapid induction of lymphoproliferative lesions with morphologic and histopathologic features resembling those of reticuloendotheliosis. Owing to lack of overt clinical manifestations, early detection of lymphoproliferative disease virus is essential for preventing the rapid horizontal spread of the disease that can decimate flocks. We describe development of a simple, rapid, sensitive, and highly specific assay, using the polymerase chain reaction, capable of providing differential diagnosis of the disease soon after infection.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)769-772
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Veterinary Research
Volume55
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1994

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