Maternal immunity was produced in Jersey heifers by exposing them to bovine virus diarrhoea-mucosal disease virus before conception. In the following pregnancy this immunity protected the fetuses from transplacental infection arising from challenge of the dams at 100 days gestation with homologous virus. Unprotected Jersey heifers showed a high incidence of death and fetal intrauterine growth retardation associated with transplacental viral infection. Functional normality of the locomotor system was assessed retrospectively from cine films of each calf after birth, and scored for each of an overlapping series of clinical signs. The progeny of non-immune dams scored significantly lower than calves from the vaccinated heifers.
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