A cross sectional survey for B virus antibody in a colony of group housed rhesus macaques

B. J. Weigler, Jeffrey A Roberts, D. W. Hird, N. W. Lerche, J. K. Hilliard

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Abstract

A systematic sampling technique was used in combination with a highly sensitive and specific ELISA to provide unbiased age-specific prevalence estimates of B virus antibody in rhesus monkeys housed in three different outdoor breeding corrals. Among 146 sampled monkeys, 97% of animals 2.5 years and older were seropositive, while only 22% of younger animals were seropositive. Neither gender nor social dominance ranking were predictive of B virus antibody status. The strong age association was not inconsistent with hypothesized veneral transmission of B virus. Improvements in the epidemiologic understanding of B virus are necessary to assist efforts to eradicate this agent from breeding colonies of rhesus monkeys.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)257-261
Number of pages5
JournalLaboratory Animal Science
Volume40
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • veterinary(all)

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    Weigler, B. J., Roberts, J. A., Hird, D. W., Lerche, N. W., & Hilliard, J. K. (1990). A cross sectional survey for B virus antibody in a colony of group housed rhesus macaques. Laboratory Animal Science, 40(3), 257-261.