Serological Investigation of West Nile Virus Infection in Feral Horses in Konya Region

Irmak Dik, Sibel Yavru, Oguzhan Avcı, Hatice Pelin Aslım, Hasan Sercan Palancı

Abstract


West Nile virus (WNV) is an Arboviral infection with encephalitis in humans, horses, birds, and various wild animals. It is a zoonotic cause of disease within the family Flaviviridae. In this study, it was aimed to investigate the West Nile virus infection serologically (serum neutralization) in feral horses in Konya. For this purpose, randomized sampling of blood serum samples from 36 horses from a farm with 250 feral horses in Konya was used. Samples were evaluated for the presence of antibodies by subjecting them to a microneutralization test. 7 of the samples (19.4%) were found to be seropositive and 29 were seronegative. These results obtained have shown the serological presence of WNV for the first time in feral horses in our country. Also, these data showed that the continued presence of WNV infection in Turkey.


Keywords


West Nil virus; Neutralization Test; Feral Horse

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