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Bovine herpesvirus type 5 in the semen of a healthy bull
Artificial insemination is widely used in the cattle industry and a major challenge is to ensure that semen is free of infectious agents. A healthy donor bull was tested for freedom from infectious agents. But with one of the sensitive new diagnostic techniques a potentially very pathogen virus was isolated - in absence of any clinical signs...

A bovine herpesvirus was isolated in testis cells and identified as bovine herpesvirus type 5 (BoHV-5) by polymerase chain reaction and by direct amplicon sequencing.

The amplicon sequence shared 100% similarity with the published sequence of BoHV-5.

This is the first report in Australia of BoHV-5 in semen. The implications of this finding are discussed.


Source: IS Diallo, GR Hewitson, J Hoad, S Turner, BG Corney and BJ Rodwell (2010):
Isolation of bovine herpesvirus type 5 from the semen of a healthy bull in Australia. In: Australian Veterinary Journal
Volume 88 Issue 3, Pages 93 - 95
Published Online: 16 Feb 2010





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