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.
In 36 (92%) counties reporting human cases, the first case was preceded by at least one report of a WNV-infected bird, sentinel animal, horse, or mosquito pool; 320 counties detected enzootic WNV activity but no human infections.
Ongoing surveillance is being conducted at fever hospitals, among persons in high-risk occupational categories, and in sentinel animal populations.
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.
Specimens from ill humans and animals, dead birds, captive sentinel animals (mostly chickens), wild-caught birds, and mosquitoes were collected by state and local public health departments and other cooperating state and federal agencies and tested for WNV or WNV-specific antibody.
They're sentinel animals for eastern equine encephalitis in the south-eastern United States.