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Can J Comp Med. Jul 1985; 49(3): 340–342.
PMCID: PMC1236184

Natural transmission of bovine leukemia virus in dairy calves by dehorning.


Gouge dehorning was evaluated as a mode of transmitting bovine leukemia virus in Holstein calves at a commercial dairy. Significantly (p less than 0.05) more calves dehorned by the gouge method developed antibodies to bovine leukemia virus, as measured by agar-gel immunodiffusion, three months after dehorning, than calves not dehorned. The field use of a blood-contaminated dehorning device resulted in transmission of bovine leukemia virus.

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