Researchers to assess risk of maternal BT transmission

Long, Jonathan
March 2008
Farmers Weekly;3/14/2008, p46
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The article reports on emergency research carried out to assess the dangers of the maternal transmission of BTV8 calves born to imported dams in Northern Ireland. It will look into whether this is an effective overwintering method for the virus and what the reproductive effects of this could be. According to Karin Darpel of the arbovirology unit at the Institute for Animal Health (IAH), virus-positive calves or lambs might be born in spring 2008 and act as a reservoir for re-emergence and further spread of the virus.


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