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A preliminary survey of the epidemiology of bluetongue in Costa Rica and Northern Colombia

  • E. J. Homan (a1), H. Lorbacher de Ruiz (a2), A. P. Donato (a3), W. P. Taylor (a4) and T. M. Yuill (a1)...

Summary

Recent evidence of bluetongue (BT) virus infection of livestock in scattered localities in the neotropics prompted a serologic survey of cattle in Colombia and Costa Rica. In Costa Rica 48·1% of 1435 bovine animals had BT virus antibody in the agar gel precipitation test (AGPT). In Colombia 51·8% of 635 cattle were AGPT-positive for BT virus. Antibody prevalence ranged from over 50% in the lowlands to 0% in Costa Rica and 19% in Colombian cattle above 2000 m altitude. Neutralization tests indicated that Costa Rican cattle had been exposed to BT virus types 6, 12, 14 and 17.

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A preliminary survey of the epidemiology of bluetongue in Costa Rica and Northern Colombia

  • E. J. Homan (a1), H. Lorbacher de Ruiz (a2), A. P. Donato (a3), W. P. Taylor (a4) and T. M. Yuill (a1)...

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