Caister Academic Press

Veterinary Applications of Real-time PCR for Detection and Diagnosis of Infectious Agents

Alan McNally
from: Real-Time PCR: Advanced Technologies and Applications (Edited by: Nick A. Saunders and Martin A. Lee). Caister Academic Press, U.K. (2013)


The detection and diagnosis of veterinary infectious diseases is an area in which the potential of Real-time PCR has been best demonstrated. In particular Real-time PCR has been successfully applied as a front line tool in the diagnostic algorithm for notifiable veterinary viral pathogens such as Avian Influenza, foot-and-mouth disease, bluetongue virus, as well as rabies and Newcastle disease virus. The rapidly transmissible nature of these agents necessitates near real-time detection and diagnosis in suspected infected animals to allow implementation of control procedures. This chapter will highlight the importance of Real-time PCR in facilitating this rapid diagnosis, and the effect such rapid detection has had on containing and controlling veterinary infectious disease outbreaks read more ...
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