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Research Project: Intervention Strategies to Predict, Prevent and Control Disease Outbreaks Caused by Emerging Strains of Virulent Newcastle Disease Viruses

Location: Exotic & Emerging Avian Viral Diseases Research

Title: Protection conferred by commercial NDV live attenuated and double recombinant HVT vaccines against virulent California 2018 Newcastle disease virus (NDV) in chickens

item FERREIRA, HELENA - Orise Fellow
item REILLEY, ALEXANDRA - Merck Animal Health
item GOLDENBERG, DANA - Orise Fellow
item ORTIZ, IVAN - Merck Animal Health
item GALLARDO, RODRIGO - University Of California, Davis
item Suarez, David

Submitted to: Vaccine
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 6/2/2020
Publication Date: 6/24/2020
Citation: Ferreira, H.L., Reilley, A.M., Goldenberg, D., Ortiz, I.R., Gallardo, R.A., Suarez, D.L. 2020. Protection conferred by commercial NDV live attenuated and double recombinant HVT vaccines against virulent California 2018 Newcastle disease virus (NDV) in chickens. Vaccine. 38(34):5507-5515.

Interpretive Summary: Newcastle disease virus causes a contagious and deadly disease in naive chickens and other poultry. Normally the disease is not found in the United states, but since 2018 and outbreak of virulent Newcastle disease virus has been occurring in California. One of the research questions that was important to address is whether current licensed vaccines provide good protection against the California 2018 virus. A vaccine study was performed to compare a traditional live attenuated Newcastle disease vaccine with a herpesvirus of turkeys (HVT) vaccine that expresses a protective protein for Newcastle disease virus (HVT-ND), alone or in combination. Chickens were vaccinated at one day of age and challenged with the virulent California virus at either 3 weeks or 4 weeks of age. Both vaccines provided good clinical protection at both 3 and 4 weeks of age, although vaccination did not prevent infection. Both vaccines would be expected to be valuable tools for the prevention of clinical disease.

Technical Abstract: Vaccines against virulent Newcastle disease virus (NDV) are widely available and can be protective, but improved vaccination protocols are needed to prevent clinical disease and reduce virus circulation. The present study evaluated the efficacy of two commercial vaccines alone or in combination: a live attenuated NDV vaccine (LV) and a recombinant herpesvirus of turkeys vector expressing the fusion protein of NDV and the virus protein 2 of infectious bursal disease virus (rHVT-ND-IBD). Chickens were vaccinated with one of four vaccination protocols: live vaccine (LV) at 1 and 11 days of age (DOA), rHVT ND-IBD and LV at 1 DOA, rHVT ND-IBD at 1 DOA boosted with an LV at 11 DOA, and rHVT ND-IBD at 1 DOA. The vaccinated birds were challenged at different time points (3 or 4 weeks of age) with the California 2018 virus. The mortality, clinical signs, mean death time (MDT), humoral response before and after vaccination, and virus shedding after challenge were evaluated. All vaccination protocols were able to prevent mortality, reduce virus shedding, and induce antibody levels before the challenge at 3 and 4 weeks-old. Overall, the antibody levels before the challenge at 4 weeks were significantly higher in all groups vaccinated with the rHVT ND-IBD when compared to levels in 3 week old birds. The combination of recombinant rHVT ND-IBD with a live vaccine at one-day-old seems to be a better combination, due to the absence of clinical signs, higher antibody levels pre and post-challenge, and reduced virus shedding at any time point after the challenge at 3 or 4 weeks of age with the California 2018 virus.