sentinel animal


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sentinel animal

n
(Veterinary Science) an animal that is placed in a given environment and then monitored to find out if an infectious disease or other harmful agent is present in that environment
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Murine viruses and pathogenic bacteria confound experiments, so there is an emphasis on specific pathogen-flee rodent sources and an active sentinel animal program.
In the sentinel animal, serologic test results for BoHV-1 were negative and for BVDV types 1 and 2 were positive at a titer of 512.
To detect reemerging BTV-8 in Germany, a sentinel animal program was started in March 2007.
Sentinel animal sites are being established to investigate whether the virus has become enzootic in the wildlife.
In 2013, as part of a study of FMDV transmission between wildlife, especially African buffalo (Syncerus caffer), and domestic animals, 20 long-horned Ankole cattle ([approximately equal to] 6 months of age) were introduced as sentinel animals into Nyakatonzi (Kasese District), in close proximity to the QENP.
Having an opportunity to observe animals as sentinel animals is not only important to Central Mass.
They're sentinel animals for eastern equine encephalitis in the south-eastern United States.
Carnivores such as dogs and foxes, which prey on rodents and eat their fresh carcasses, are valuable sentinel animals for plague serosurveillance in disease-endemic foci, although their infections are usually asymptomatic (2,3).
After each natural infection, sentinel animals seroconverted, and serum scored positive in the cNP-ELISA within 2-4 weeks.
Use of sentinel animals has been suggested as a cost-effective way to infer prevalence in host populations when direct estimation in such populations is difficult (13).