Rabbits are commonly used to produce polyclonal anti-PCV2-antibodies for usage in immunohistochemistry assays (Sorden et al., 1999). Quintana et al. (2002) inoculated 16 female New Zealand rabbits intranasally with each PCV2 and PCV1. Necropsies were performed at 3, 7, 10, 14, and 20 DPI. None of the rabbits seroconverted to PCV1 or PCV2, PCV2 nucleic acids as determined by ISH were not detected in any of the rabbits, and there were no PCV2-associated microscopic lesions (Quintana et al., 2002). Fifteen rabbits were found to be negative for PCV2-specific antibodies by IPMA (Rodríguez-Arrioja et al., 2003) and 60 rabbits were negative for PCV1-specific antibodies by IFA (Allan et al. 1994).
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