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Trop Anim Health Prod. 2010 Dec;42(8):1593-5. doi: 10.1007/s11250-010-9611-5. Epub 2010 Jun 3.

Serosurveillance for equine infectious anaemia in the Ardahan province of Turkey.

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Department of Virology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ondokuz Mayis University, 55139 Atakum, Samsun, Turkey.


Equine infectious anaemia is a retroviral infection of horses. All infected horses, including those that are asymptomatic, become carriers and are infectious for life. In this study, blood samples of all equines in the province of Ardahan were collected. The material consisted of 8,947 equines, including 8,769 horses and 178 donkeys, from Ardahan province in northeastern Turkey. Blood was collected from all horses and donkeys and the sera were analysed for the presence of antibodies to equine infectious anaemia virus (EIAV) using an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. The results revealed that none of the horses and donkeys were positive for antibodies to EIAV.

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