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Isolation of infectious bursal disease virus from the lesser mealworm, Alphitobius diaperinus (Panzer)
- McAllister, J.C., Steelman, C.D., Newberry, L.A., Skeeles, J.K.
- Poultry science 1995 v.74 no.1 pp. 45-49
- Alphitobius diaperinus, disease reservoirs, foregut, Infectious bursal disease virus, disease transmission, infectious bursal disease
- Infectious bursal disease virus (IBDV) was isolated from adult lesser mealworms, Alphitobius diaperinus (Panzer), up to 14 d after exposure, but isolation of the virus was erratic over this period of time. The virus was undetected after 24 h in beetle larvae. Virus was isolated from the adult beetle's mouth parts, foregut, midgut, hindgut, and blood 24 h after they fed on feed inoculated with IBDV. Ten days after exposure, virus was isolated from the foregut but not the blood, mouthparts, or remaining digestive tract of the adult beetles. The adult lesser mealworm is capable of serving as a reservoir for IBDV, rather than a fomite, between broiler growouts.