Persistent infection with bovine herpesvirus type 1 (BHV-1) was established in all rabbits after conjunctival inoculation of virus. Spontaneous reactivations of BHV-1 with and without the appearance of recurrent ocular lesions were observed in persistently infected rabbits. BHV-1 was reactivated predictably and shed from all persistently infected rabbits after the administration of dexamethasone. During all reactivations, BHV-1 isolation was restricted to the inoculated eye.
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- Infectious Diseases