The Bluetongue Virus

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The Bluetongue Virus in Animals Abstract In this paper we will discuss the virus that effects animals worldwide which is known as the Bluetongue virus which is also known as the dancing disease. We touch on main key point of this virus such as the signs and symptoms and causes of this virus, the treatment for this virus. What domain does the virus belong too, the classification of the virus and the genome of the virus. The bluetongue virus (BTV) which is caused by insects that carry this disease, as well as the pathogenic virus. This virus affects mostly cattle, sheep, goats and wild animals such as the white-tailed deer. Right now there is no known treatment for the BTV but there are steps we can take to prevent our livestock from contracting this disease such as housing our animals from dusk to dawn to lower the rate of bites as well as isolation with vaccinations. The death of animals is normally low except for certain breeds of sheep. If an animal does not die from the virus the recovery is long, slow and the conditions that come with the virus can last for several months. We also speak about the genome of this virus, which is RNA and this RNA consist of ten double strand RNA segments of different sizes. The Bluetongue Virus in Animals. The bluetongue virus is an insect borne, viral disease mostly of sheep, goats, cattle and wild animals, such as white tail deer, elk and pronghorn antelope. The bluetongue virus is non-contagious meaning no other animal can contract the disease unless bitten by an insect that carries the virus such as mosquitos. Another way an animal can contract the virus is by infected semen when mating and this can lead to abortions, still births, and weak live births. (McDill, 2002). The bluetongue disease also known as the bluetongue virus, is a virus that belongs to the Reoviridae family and is an “RNA genome, which is

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