An estimated weighted-regression method was used to describe the decay of colostral bovine leukemia virus (BLV) antibodies in the calf, as measured by agar-gel immunodiffusion with glycoprotein antigen. The prediction equation, based on 473 observations from 130 animals, was log10 inverse titer = 1.29 -0.012 age (days). The half-life of BLV antibodies was estimated to be 25.8 days. Ages at which colostral antibodies were last detected were between 51 and 187 days. Normal limits of antibody decay were estimated and used to identify virus-induced active antibodies in calves during the colostral antibody period. Calves known to be infected were identified between 2 and 180 days of age, using 95% limits. Application of this procedure for the early serologic detection of BLV-infected calves in eradication or control programs is discussed.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||American Journal of Veterinary Research|
|State||Published - Jul 1 1982|
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