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Title: The effect of vaccination on Marek's disease virus shedding

item Silva, Robert
item Dunn, John

Submitted to: American Veterinary Medical Association Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 7/18/2007
Publication Date: 7/18/2007
Citation: Silva, R.F., El-Gohary, A., Dunn, J.R. 2007. The effect of vaccination on Marek's disease virus shedding [abstract]. American Association of Avian Pathologists/American Veterinary Medical Association Abstract. p. 39.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Current Marek’s Disease vaccines are efficient at preventing disease. However, vaccination can reduce but not completely eliminate virus shedding. Our hypothesis is that an efficient vaccine will result in fewer viruses being shed. To test this hypothesis, we developed a real-time PCR to measure Marek’s disease virus (MDV) in dander shed by infected chickens. We will report on our findings comparing the amount of MDV shed in the dander of birds vaccinated with a good vaccine, to the amount of virus shed in birds vaccinated with a poor vaccine.