A serological survey of cattle in the thames-coromandel district of new zealand for antibodies to ross river virus

  • McFadden A
  • McFadden B
  • Mackereth G
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Abstract

Aim: To determine if cattle exposed to the southern saltmarsh mosquito (SSM), Aedes camptorhynchus, in the Thames-Coromandel district of New Zealand had been exposed to Ross River virus (RRV). Methods: A purposive sampling design was used to test cattle from seven farms located in close proximity to four sites infested with A. camptorhynchus in the Thames-Coromandel district. Sera from 207 cattle were tested for antibodies to RRV, using an ELISA and confirmatory virus neutralisation test (VNT) as the gold standard. Results: All 207 cattle tested negative for antibodies to RRV using the ELISA and VNT. Conclusions: This study found no evidence of exposure to RRV in cattle in locations in the Thames-Coromandel district of New Zealand where populations of SSM were present.

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  • Aedes camptorhynchus
  • Cattle hosts
  • New Zealand
  • Ross river virus
  • Sentinels
  • Southern saltmarsh mosquito
  • Surveillance

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Authors

  • A. M.J. McFadden

  • B. D. McFadden

  • G. F. Mackereth

  • R. R. Clough

  • L. Hueston

  • B. Gradwell

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