Two cases of sheep-associated malignant catarrhal fever (SA-MCF) in cattle herds of Southern Italy are reported. The affected animals, a three-year-old cow and a six-month-old calf, developed clinical manifestations resembling those of the "head and eye" form of MCF. Serologically, the calf tested positive in an indirect immunofluorescent (IIF) assay for the detection of MCF viruses antibodies, whereas the cow was found seronegative. One affected animal was from a herd housed together with a flock of sheep, while no contact between the herd of the affected calf and carrier animals was demonstrated. OvHV-2 viral DNA was detected by a PCR test performed on peripheral blood leucocytes (PBL) and tissue samples from both the animals, completing the definitive diagnosis of MCF.

FIRST TWO CONFIRMED CASES OF MALIGNANT CATARRHAL FEVER IN ITALY / DECARO N; TINELLI A.; PRATELLI A.; MARTELLA V.; TEMPESTA M.; BUONAVOGLIA C.. - In: NEW MICROBIOLOGICA. - ISSN 1121-7138. - 26(2003), pp. 339-344.

FIRST TWO CONFIRMED CASES OF MALIGNANT CATARRHAL FEVER IN ITALY

DECARO, Nicola;TINELLI, ANTONELLA;PRATELLI, Annamaria;MARTELLA, Vito;TEMPESTA, Maria;BUONAVOGLIA, Canio
2003

Abstract

Two cases of sheep-associated malignant catarrhal fever (SA-MCF) in cattle herds of Southern Italy are reported. The affected animals, a three-year-old cow and a six-month-old calf, developed clinical manifestations resembling those of the "head and eye" form of MCF. Serologically, the calf tested positive in an indirect immunofluorescent (IIF) assay for the detection of MCF viruses antibodies, whereas the cow was found seronegative. One affected animal was from a herd housed together with a flock of sheep, while no contact between the herd of the affected calf and carrier animals was demonstrated. OvHV-2 viral DNA was detected by a PCR test performed on peripheral blood leucocytes (PBL) and tissue samples from both the animals, completing the definitive diagnosis of MCF.
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