Extension Ag Update
November/December 2003
Articles Research Resources Internet Links Ag Facts Education

New Molecular Diagnostic Tests for BVD and PRRS Viruses

Dr. Gavin Meerdink Beef Cattle & Feed Safety Extension Veterinarian University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine Source: Christine A. Beuoy, University of Illinois College of Veterinary, 217-244-1562

The University of Illinois Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory has implemented molecular diagnostic testing based on the highly sensitive real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) methodology for the detection of BVD (bovine viral diarrhea) and PRRS (porcine respiratory and reproductive syndrome) viruses.

This method will enable the detection of a smaller number of viral particles than with past methods. The improved sensitivity will aid in the eradication efforts of the PRRS virus. Also, the qRT-PCR method enables more specific identification of the virus, which can aid in vaccine virus strain selection.

The sample selection, collection, and preparation is critical. Veterinarians should contact the laboratory for details before collection. The laboratory phone number is 217/333-1620.