Submitted to: American Association of Bovine Practitioners Proceedings
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: 9/21/2006
Publication Date: 9/21/2006
Citation: Driskell, E.A., Ridpath, J.F. 2006. A Survey of Bovine Viral Diarrhea Virus Testing in Diagnostic Labs in the United States from 2004 to 2005. In: Proceedings of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners. Available: http://aabp.org. Interpretive Summary:
Technical Abstract: Bovine viral diarrhea virus (BVDV) associated diseases have great economic impact on the United States cattle industry. BVDV infection in pregnant animals exposes the fetus to the virus and can result in the birth of a persistently infected (PI) calf. PI cattle serve as a main reservoir for BVDV infection in a herd and most diagnostic testing is geared toward detection of PI animals. Diagnostic labs serve as the investigative arm for veterinarians because they are used as an authority for testing for PI animals. Therefore, results of BVDV testing and communication of these results from diagnostic labs have a direct impact on the control of BVDV. The objectives of this survey were to determine the testing methods for BVDV commonly in use by diagnostic laboratories, percentage of laboratories that provide follow up information following positive BVDV test results, and the impact of testing strategy on detection.