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Virus isolation in embryonated chicken eggs is performed. This method of isolation is best suited for avian viruses
, although isolation of Bluetongue
virus can also be successfully achieved in chicken eggs. Isolation of Chlamydophila
bacteria (all animal species) can also be done.
Avian viruses for which embryonated eggs as a method of isolation may be used:
- Avian Influenza
- Newcastle Disease
- Infectious Bronchitis
- Infectious laryngotracheitis
- Pneumovirus (rhinotracheitis / "swollen head syndrome")
Fresh tissue (on ice) from affected organ systems should be submitted to the laboratory as soon as possible. Note that virus isolation is a lengthy process and results may only be available within a couple of weeks after submission of samples, depending on viable virus concentration in tissues.
Ms Belinda Peyrot: Veterinary Technologist in charge of section
Dr Lindy MacGregor: State Veterinarian
Tel: +27 021-887-0324
Fax: +27 021- 886-5341