Sensitivity and specificity of HA, HI and PCR for detecting psittacine beak and feather disease virus (BFDV) testing.

Shane Raidal, B Khalesi, N Bonne, M. Stewart, M. Sharp

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Abstract

Psittacine beak and feather disease (PBFD) continues to be a major cause of ill health in companion and wild birds throughout Australia and is listed as a key threatening process for several endangered psittacine bird species. The virus that causes the disease (BFDV) is a haemagglutinating circovirus which has permitted the development of haemagglutination (HA) and haemagglutination inhibition (HI) assays for the virus and antibody responses to infection, respectively. These assays, as well as PCR testing based on the relatively conserved ORF-V1, are in wide use throughout Australia and the world for diagnosing infection. We decided to determine the limit of detection of our HA and PCR assays and compared the three tests on feather and blood samples sent to us for routine diagnostic testing.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUnusual and exotic pet veterinarians
Subtitle of host publicationAAVAC and UEPV 2006 annual conference proceedings
EditorsGarry Cross
Place of PublicationPalmerston North
PublisherAustralian Committee Association of Avian Veterinarians
Pages103-112
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2006
EventAustralian Committee Association of Avian Veterinarians Annual Conference, - Wellington, New Zealand, New Zealand
Duration: 02 Sep 200606 Sep 2006

Conference

ConferenceAustralian Committee Association of Avian Veterinarians Annual Conference,
CountryNew Zealand
Period02/09/0606/09/06

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