Evaluation of pathogenicity and protective efficacy of serotype 2 Marek's disease virus from birds belonging to genus Gallus in Japan.


The new cloned serotype 2 Marek's disease viruses (MDV) of ML-6, ML-9, and ML-22 strains were inoculated in specific-pathogen-free (SPF) chicks to evaluate the pathogenicity and protective efficacy. Chicks inoculated or contact-infected with ML strains showed no gross and histological lesions in lymphoid organs, sciatic plexuses and other visceral organs… (More)