Acta Vet. Brno 2011, 80: 41-46

Serologic investigation for bluetongue virus type 4, 9 and 16 in Anatolian water buffaloes

Sibel Gür1, İrfan Özgünlük2, Yılmaz Akça3, İbrahim Burgu3

1Department of Virology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Afyon Kocatepe University, Afyonkarahisar, Turkey
2Department of Virology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Harran University, Sanliurfa, Turkey
3Department of Virology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ankara University, Ankara, Turkey

Bluetongue has emerged as a threat for ruminant species especially in European countries; three serotypes of Bluetongue virus have been described in Turkey. In this study, a total of 380 sera were obtained from healthy adult buffaloes in 8 different provinces in Central and Northern Anatolia. Sera were tested using a Virus Neutralisation test for types 4, 9 and 16. Seropositivity rates of 16.5% (63/380), 7.1% (27/380), and 8.4% (32/380) were detected for types 4, 9, and 16, respectively. No positives were found in Northest province (41°17’). This is the first report of Bluetongue virus in buffaloes in Turkey.


BTV, infection, serotype.


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