Evidence of bovine immunodeficiency virus in cattle in Turkey

Meas S., Yilmaz Z. , Usui T., Torun S., Yesilbag K. , Ohashi K., ...More

Japanese Journal of Veterinary Research, vol.51, no.1, pp.3-8, 2003 (Journal Indexed in SCI Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 51 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2003
  • Title of Journal : Japanese Journal of Veterinary Research
  • Page Numbers: pp.3-8
  • Keywords: bovine immunodeficiency virus, bovine leukemia virus, molecular evidence, seroprevalence, Turkey, LEUKEMIA-VIRUS, DAIRY-CATTLE, SEROPREVALENCE, INFECTION, LENTIVIRUS, POPULATION, ANTIBODIES, BIV


A seroepidemiological study of bovine immunodeficiency virus (BIV) and bovine leukemia virus (BLV) infections was conducted in four different cattle herds in Turkey. A total of 300 blood samples were analyzed and 12.3% were found to be positive for anti-BIV p26 antibodies by Western blot analysis and 1.6% positive for anti-BLV gp51 antibodies by an immunodiffusion test. BIV infection was confirmed with the detection of BIV-provirus DNA using the nested polymerase chain reaction. This is the first evidence for the presence of BIV in cattle in Turkey.