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Malignant catarrhal fever: Understanding molecular diagnostics in context of epidemiology
- Li, Hong, Cunha, Christina W., Taus, Naomi S.
- International Journal of Molecular Sciences 2011 v.12 no.10 pp. 6881
- DNA, antibodies, assays, disease diagnosis, disease reservoirs, inventories, malignant catarrhal fever, molecular epidemiology, pathogenesis, ruminants
- Malignant catarrhal fever (MCF) is a frequently fatal disease, primarily of ruminants, caused by a group of gammaherpesviruses. Due to complexities of pathogenesis and epidemiology in various species, which are either clinically-susceptible or reservoir hosts, veterinary clinicians face significant challenges in laboratory diagnostics. The recent development of specific assays for viral DNA and antibodies has expanded and improved the inventory of laboratory tests and opened new opportunities for use of MCF diagnostics. Issues related to understanding and implementing appropriate assays for specific diagnostic needs must be addressed in order to take advantage of molecular diagnostics in the laboratory.