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Vaccine. 2010 Sep 7;28(39):6505-17. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2010.06.105. Epub 2010 Jul 16.

In vivo cross-protection to African horse sickness Serotypes 5 and 9 after vaccination with Serotypes 8 and 6.

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Research and Development Virology, Onderstepoort Biological Products Ltd, Private Bag X07, Onderstepoort 0110, South Africa.


The polyvalent African horsesickness (AHS) attenuated live virus (AHS-ALV) vaccine produced at Onderstepoort Biological Products incorporates 7 of the 9 known serotypes circulating in southern Africa. Serological cross-reaction has been shown in vitro to Serotypes 5 and 9 by Serotypes 8 and 6 respectively, but the degree of in vivo cross-protection between these serotypes in vaccinated horses has not previously been reported. Due to the increasing incidence of AHS Serotypes 5 and 9 in the field, over the last 3-4 seasons of AHS in South Africa, and the absence of Serotypes 5 and 9 in the AHS-ALV vaccine, it was necessary to conduct a vaccination-challenge study to determine in vivo cross-protection of vaccine-incorporated Serotypes 8 and 6 respectively. Groups of horses were vaccinated with either the polyvalent AHS-ALV vaccine or a monovalent Serotype 6 (vAHSV6) or 8 (vAHSV8) vaccine to determine the cross-protection of vaccinated horses following challenge with virulent AHS virus (AHSV) of either Serotype 5, 6, 8 or 9. Serial vaccination of naive horses with the polyvalent AHS-ALV vaccine generated a broad neutralizing antibody response to all vaccine strains as well as cross-neutralizing antibodies to Serotypes 5 and 9. Booster vaccination of horses with monovalent vaccine vAHSV6 or vAHSV8 induced an adequate protective immune response to challenge with homologous and heterologous virulent virus. In vivo cross-protection between AHSV6 and AHSV9 and AHSV8 and AHSV5 respectively, was demonstrated.

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