Experimental Human B Influenza Virus Infection in Chincoteague Ponies


A RECENT serological survey conducted among a population of horses in an area near Toronto, Canada, showed a high frequency of antibody to Myxovirus influenzae type B (ref. 1). Although only a limited number of horses was tested, the evidence nevertheless suggests that natural infection of equines does occur. In order to study the susceptibility of horses to type B influenza virus, equines were inoculated with a virus strain recovered from a human source.

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KASEL, J., BYRNE, R., HARVEY, E. et al. Experimental Human B Influenza Virus Infection in Chincoteague Ponies. Nature 219, 968–969 (1968). https://doi.org/10.1038/219968b0

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