Turkey meningoencephalitis in South Africa

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  • SDG 3
  • Abstract:

    Turkey meningo-encephalitis is a neuroparalytic disease of turkey’s first described and shown to be caused by a flavivirus in Israel. During 1978 a similar disease was observed in South Africa. In addition to the lesions described in Israel, myocarditis, regression of the ovary and egg peritonitis were constant findings. The similarity in host range, symptoms and pathological changes produced by the virus isolated locally and in Israel and the serological cross-reaction between the 2 virus isolates indicate that they are identical.