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The present study compares the morphology of the nasal conchae and the relative development (i.e., surface area and neurosensory cell number) of the olfactory epithelium between four species of shrews occupying different ecotopes (Blarina brevicauda, Sorex cinereus, S. fumeus, S. palustris). The number of olfactory cells was corrected for split cell error.(More)
Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) strains identified in samples from 226 field cases originating from Québec herds and submitted over a 4-year period (March 1998-July 2002) were studied. Sequencing of PRRSV strains was performed on the ORF5 gene amplified product and restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP) patterns for(More)
A rapid multiplex PCR assay was developed to distinguish between North American and European genotypes of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) virus after a portion of the polymerase gene (open reading frame 1b) was sequenced for two North American PRRS virus strains. DNA products with unique sizes characteristic of each genotype were(More)
In order to study the distribution and the extent of atrophy caused by Pasteurella multocida in the nasal conchae, experimental piglets were injected intramuscularly at seven days of age with either two or four 50% mouse lethal doses per kg body weight of P. multocida type D dermonecrotoxin. Experimental and control piglets were killed four, six and ten(More)
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