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Argentinian Orf Strain Genetically Deciphered

21 April 2015

ARGENTINA – New strategies for the diagnosis and treatment of Orf virus could be available thanks to a breakthrough in Argentina.

Scientists have sequenced a strain of the costly virus specific to Argentina for the first time, say researchers at the National Institute of Agricultural Technology (INTA). 

The country saw a rise in cases in 1997 and then in 2013, prompting research after US scientists sequenced a North American strain. 

“We sequenced five genes, two of which proved important to classify the identity of the virus that circulated in our country,” said Dr Andrea Peralta, researcher at the INTA’s Institute of Biology.

“We know the genetic variability of the virus is useful for developing control strategies and prevention of disease.”

INTA stresses Orf has spread to humans in Argentina in rare cases.

Production losses due to sores and crusty lesions on sensitive areas such as lips, nose, teats and hooves can be significant, although mortality is “very low”, INTA added. 

Michael Priestley

Michael Priestley
News Team - Editor

Mainly production and market stories on ruminants sector. Works closely with sustainability consultants at FAI Farms.

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