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A serological investigation of pestiviruses in sheep in eastern border of Turkey


All pestiviruses are important veterinary pathogens causing economic losses in cattle, sheep, and pigs. In this study, blood samples randomly collected from 465 sheep were analysed for the presence of antibodies to pestiviruses (bovine viral diarrhea virus, border disease virus) using an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay in the province of Van and their towns. The seroprevalance were estimated as 75.9% and 60.0–82.5% in the sampled animals and sampled towns, respectively. The results revealed that pestiviruses are important abort pathogens in the province of Van and their towns.

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Border disease virus


Bovine viral diarrhea virus


Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay


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This work was supported by the Scientific Research Project Directory of the Yuzuncu Yıl University (grant number 2008-MYO-B101).

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Tutuncu, M., Duz, E., Karaca, M. et al. A serological investigation of pestiviruses in sheep in eastern border of Turkey. Trop Anim Health Prod 43, 1467–1469 (2011).

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