Submitted to: Hoard's Dairyman
Publication Type: Trade Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: April 26, 2008
Publication Date: November 10, 2008
Citation: Ridpath, J.F. 2008. Diagnosing BVDV Infections. Hoard's Dairyman. November 2008:717. Technical Abstract: Infections with bovine viral diarrhea viruses (BVDV) are widespread among the U.S. cattle population and it is generally accepted that these infections result in substantial economic loss for producers. There is a push in the U.S. to design BVDV control programs that will curb these losses. While a number of different approaches to control are being discussed, nearly all approaches feature a detection/diagnosis component. However, there is a wide variety of opinion regarding the best method of detection. Because there is no consensus on the one best method, producers are faced with an array of choices that can seem bewildering. The goal of this article is to provide producers with background information on the types of BVDV infection, outline how different tests work, and discuss how the effectiveness of a test is determined.