Emergence of bluetongue serotypes in Europe, part 1: description and validation of four real-time RT-PCR assays for the serotyping of bluetongue viruses BTV-1, BTV-6, BTV-8 and BTV-11.

Last updated on 15-8-2023 by Anonymous (not verified)

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The control of bluetongue virus (BTV) in Central-Western Europe is greatly complicated by the coexistence of several BTV serotypes. Rapid, sensitive and specific assays are therefore needed to correctly identify the currently circulating BTV serotypes in field samples. In the present study, four serotype-specific real-time RT-PCR assays (RT-qPCR) are described for the detection of the BTV-1, BTV-6, BTV-8 and BTV-11 serotypes. The analytical sensitivity of the BTV-1/S2, BTV-6/S2, BTV-8/S2 and BTV-11/S2 serotype-specific RT-qPCR assays is comparable to the earlier described serogroup-specific…

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