Dogs as potential carriers of infectious bursal disease virus

Albert Pagès-manté*, Daniel Torrents, Jaime Maldonado, Narcís Saubi
2004 Avian Pathology  
In this study, the possibility that dogs could eventually be carriers of infectious bursal disease virus (IBDV) after having eaten (voluntarily or accidentally) IBDV-infected chicks has been evaluated. A single Beagle dog was fed chicks infected by a very virulent IBDV strain (vvIBDV). Afterwards, the presence and viability of IBDV in the faeces was assessed. Viable vvIBDV was detected in the dog's faeces for 2 days after the initial ingestion, which indicates excretion of vvIBDV. Comparison by
more » ... molecular techniques of the administered and excreted virus using reverse transcription-polymerase Chain reaction and enzymatic digestion confirmed that the initial virus maintained the same characteristics after being excreted. We believe that this study could be of great interest for a better understanding of the epidemiology of IBD disease on farms where dogs live close to avian facilities.
doi:10.1080/0307945042000195821 pmid:15276989 fatcat:leyql746qzbcljdwxed2tsrvhi