The use of electron microscopy to assist in the rapid diagnosis of virus diseases of veterinary importance is reviewed. Electron microscopy can be used to assist the laboratory diagnosis of a virus disease at two stages during the investigation; either by demonstrating virus in clinical material or by identifying isolates from tissue culture or similar systems. Direct electron microscopy and immunoelectron microscopy are particularly useful for rapid diagnosis. The advantages of electron microscopy lie in speed and flexibility, and the disadvantages in the high particle concentration needed and the presumptive nature of a diagnosis.
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