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Information about Schmallenberg Virus in Ruminants


The Virology Section of the Animal Health Diagnostic Center complements the comprehensive services by other units of the diagnostic center by providing excellent diagnostic testing as well as consultative services in the area of veterinary virology. This is achieved through the detection of viral infections in most domesticated species by offering tests that isolate viruses, that detect viral antigens, that detect antibodies made in response to infections, and that detect nucleic acids of viruses. The section also offers tests that monitor vaccine responses and tests that assist producers in establishing biosecurity programs. Consultative services involve test interpretation, testing strategies, sample selection as well as infection control strategies. These services are available to private practitioners, other testing laboratories, agribusinesses, and researchers in university and government settings.

Dr. Edward Dubovi (Director)
Dr. Randall Renshaw (Director of the TSE Laboratory)
Linda Benson (Laboratory Manager)

Services provided by the Virology Section include:

  • Antibody detection by various methods including complement fixation, agar-gel immunodiffusion, latex agglutination, hemagglutination inhibition, ELISA, virus neutralization, and indirect immunofluorescence.
  • Viral antigen detection tests include immunofluorescent antibody detection on fresh tissue, immunohistochemistry on formalin-fixed tissues and antigen-capture ELISA tests.
  • Virus isolation testing.