Survival of scrapie virus after 3 years' interment.

  title={Survival of scrapie virus after 3 years' interment.},
  author={Paul C Brown and D. Carleton Gajdusek},
  volume={337 8736},
Supernatant fluid from a scrapie-infected hamster brain homogenate was mixed with soil, packed into perforated petri dishes that were then embedded within soil-containing pots, and buried in a garden for 3 years. Between 2 and 3 log units of the input infectivity of nearly 5 log units survived this exposure, with little leaching of virus into deeper soil layers. These results have implications for environmental contamination by scrapie and by similar agents, including those of bovine spongiform… CONTINUE READING

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