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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Role of Vertical Transmission with Avian Metapneumovirus Subtype C Following Experimental Infection of Spf Laying Turkeys

item Kapczynski, Darrell
item Swayne, David

Submitted to: Symposium on Avian Pneumovirus
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: September 17, 2005
Publication Date: October 10, 2005
Citation: Kapczynski, D.R., Swayne, D.E. 2005. Role of vertical transmission with avian metapneumovirus subtype C following experimental infection of SPF laying turkeys. In: Proceedings of 2005 Turkey Research Review and Avian Pneumovirus Symposium,Oct 5, 2005,Willmar,MN. 2005 CD-ROM.

Interpretive Summary: Avian metapneumovirus (aMPV) is responsible for a highly infectious respiratory disease of turkeys. Although wild birds have been identified as possible vectors for transmission, few reports have examined vertical transmission of aMPV from hen to poult. In an effort to determine the potential transmission of aMPV by vertical transmission, laying turkey hens were experimentally infected with U.S. aMPV and eggs examined for the presence of virus during a one-week post-inoculation period. Results indicate the presence of aMPV, by RT-PCR and virus isolation, on the egg shell and in the embryo. These are the first results to describe vertical transmission of U.S. aMPV in turkeys.

Technical Abstract: Not required.

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