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The demonstration of maedi/visna virus in sheep in Great Britain
  1. M Dawson,
  2. D Chasey,
  3. AA King,
  4. MJ Flowers,
  5. RH Day,
  6. MH Lucas and
  7. DH Roberts


A virus indistinguishable from that causing maedi/visna has been isolated from a sheep flock in Great Britain. The virus was identified in cell cultures using immunofluorescent and electron microscopical techniques. The complement fixation test and the agar gel immunodiffusion test were used to assess the proportion of serological reactors within the flock. There has been no evidence of clinical disease in the flock into which foreign imports were introduced in the years prior to 1976.

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