First-of-its-kind IBDV test in poultry
Ohio State University's Center for Diagnostic Assays
(CDA) has developed a test for the detection of very virulent infectious bursal
disease virus (vvIBDV) in poultry flocks.
, an international IBDV
expert and a molecular
biologist with the University's Food Animal Health Research Program (FAHRP) on
the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) has developed a
validated real-time RT-PCR assay (patent pending) for the rapid detection of
nucleotide sequences that are unique to vvIBDV strains. This new assay
distinguishes vvIBDV strains from non-vvIBDV classic and variant strains.
Necessary for monitoring and control
Jackwood says that, until now, no validated rapid assay for the detection
of all known vvIBDV strains existed. "In countries with vvIBDV, this assay is
necessary for the effective monitoring and control of this devastating disease.
In countries without the virus, the assay would be a first line of defence
needed to prevent vvIBDV from entering domestic poultry operations."
Direct requests from veterinarians and scientists
Jackwood's experience and successful research record resulted in a direct
request from veterinarians and scientists at USDA's Animal & Plant Health
Inspection Service for a molecular vvIBDV assay. APHIS helped OARDC secure part
of the funding for this work from the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association and
granted the centre permission to obtain vvIBDV genomic material from all over
Getting the test on the market
The next step involves getting the test on the market. Ohio State is
currently inviting inquiries from scientific companies interested in discussing
a potential collaboration with the university to produce and market a vvIBDV
real-time RT-PCR assay kit worldwide.
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