Reproductive Disorders in Female SHR Rats Infected with Sialodacryoadenitis Virus
Effects of sialodacryoadenitis virus infection on the reproduction of female SHR rats were studied. The oestrous cycle was considerably perturbed in most infected rats, the perturbation was observed initially between Days 0 to 10 post infection and the effect persisted for 6 to 18 days. About half of the foetuses of dams infected on Day 0 of gestation were found dead while only 4% of the foetuses from non-infected dams were found dead. Five or six days after infection on Day 0 of gestation, some infected dams were shown to have metritis, and virus antigen was detectable within the endometrium as well as exudate cells. In dams infected on Day 5 or later of gestation and severely diseased, the offspring showed a low survival rate possibly because of inadequate nursing.
KeywordsInfectious Bronchitis Virus Oestrous Cycle Mouse Hepatitis Virus Embryonic Death Pregnant Uterus
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