Astrovirus-like particles, adenoviruses and rotaviruses associated with diarrhoea in piglets.

A. Geyer*, A. D. Steele, I. Peenze, G. Lecatsas

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Abstract

Faecal specimens from 1- to 7-week-old piglets (n = 251) with acute diarrhoeal illness were examined by direct negative staining electron microscopy for the presence of viral agents. Rotaviruses were observed in almost 40% of cases while adenoviruses and astroviruses were also observed in 3 specimens each. The majority of the rotaviruses reacted with a commercial Group A rotavirus ELISA although in 11 specimens they did not react with the Group A antigen and could represent atypical rotaviruses. This is the first report of adenoviruses and astroviruses in diarrhoeal faecal specimens from pigs in South Africa.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)164-166
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of the South African Veterinary Association
Volume65
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1994

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