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Open Access Enzyme-linked Immunosorbent Assay for Detection of Antibodies against Simian Hemorrhagic Fever Virus

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Abstract:

Better assays are needed for the detection of simian hemorrhagic fever virus (SHFV), which induces persistent infection without overt signs of disease in most old world monkeys, but causes a fatal hemorrhagic fever in macaques. An enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) is described here that is useful in identifying primates previously exposed to SHFV. This assay involves testing serum samples against SHFV and cell antigens to obtain an ODvirus-to-ODcell ratio that eliminates potential high background values associated with primate serum. High correlation was found using this assay, compared with that found with the current "gold standard" indirect immunofluorescence assay (IFA). However, this ELISA is less time consuming, less subjective, and not as prone to human error than the SHFV-IFA.

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Pathobiological Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70803

Publication date: June 1, 2002

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  • Comparative Medicine (CM), an international journal of comparative and experimental medicine, is the leading English-language publication in the field and is ranked by the Science Citation Index in the upper third of all scientific journals. The mission of CM is to disseminate high-quality, peer-reviewed information that expands biomedical knowledge and promotes human and animal health through the study of laboratory animal disease, animal models of disease, and basic biologic mechanisms related to disease in people and animals.

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