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Detection and survival of group A rotavirus in a piggery

Fu, Z.F., Hampson, D.J.ORCID: 0000-0002-7729-0427 and Blackmore, D.K. (1989) Detection and survival of group A rotavirus in a piggery. Veterinary Record, 125 . pp. 576-578.


Samples of dust, faeces and effluent were collected from a piggery and examined for group A rotavirus, using a commercial ELISA test, electron microscopy and inoculation of MA-104 cells. Rotavirus antigen was demonstrated in samples collected from farrowing and weaner rooms but not from fattener and sow houses. Rotavirus antigen was also detected in samples collected from a weaner room which had been free of piglets for three months. A cytopathic porcine rotavirus (British isolate SW20/21) was kept at room temperature for four months; it survived with titres reduced by 2 log10. These observations suggest that the environment of commercial piggeries is an important source of rotaviral infection for young piglets.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publisher: British Veterinary Association
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