- Volume 41 Issue 4
The persistent infection of avian pneumovirus (APV) was studied in turkeys. After APV infection to turkeys, healthy birds were transferred to infected birds and commingled at 4 days, 3 weeks, 6 weeks, 9 weeks, and 15 weeks post-infection. The genome of APV was detected up to 10 days from two birds transferred and commingled with infected birds at 3 weeks post-infection. A bird transferred at 6 weeks post-infection was positive in RT-PCR detection after 5 days. From then on, no bird showed positive results of persistency of APV infection. These findings suggest that persistent APV infection may spread to the healthy birds from the infected birds until several weeks.