Applications of Immunofluorescence in Veterinary Viral Diagnosis

  • M. S. McNulty
  • G. M. Allan
Part of the Current Topics in Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science book series (CTVM, volume 29)


This paper describes some applications of immunofluorescence in the laboratory diagnosis of veterinary virus infections. These include (1) the direct examination of clinical material for virus antigens, a procedure particularly useful for rapid diagnosis of Aujeszky’s disease and bovine respiratory disease (2) the recognition of the growth of ‘difficult’ and/or non-cytopathogenic viruses eg avian infectious bronchitis virus in eggs and BVD virus and rotaviruses in cell cultures (3) the detection of viral antibodies by indirect immunofluorescence and (4) the recognition of new viruses eg an entero-like virus associated with runting in broiler chickens.


Respiratory Syncytial Virus Broiler Chicken Infectious Bursal Disease Virus Direct Immunofluorescence Bovine Respiratory Syncytial Virus 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. S. McNulty
    • 1
  • G. M. Allan
    • 1
  1. 1.Veterinary Research LaboratoriesStormont, BelfastNorthern Ireland

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