Borna disease virus antibody and RNA from peripheral blood mononuclear cells of race horses and jockeys in Korea

Jin Won Song, Kyoung Sae Na, Seong Ho Tae, Yong Ku Kim

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Objective During the last two decades, Borna disease virus (BDV) has received much attention as a possible zoonotic agent, particularly as a cause of psychiatric disease. Although several studies have shown that BDV is present in Asia, BDV has not been detected in Korea. This study was designed to further investigate the presence of BDV infection in Korea. Methods Blood samples were taken from 39 race horses and 48 jockeys. Antibody to BDV was detected by indirect immunofluorescence antibody test and RNA of BDV by real time reverse transcriptase PCR (rRT-PCR). Results No evidence of BDV was detected in either the horses or the jockeys group. Conclusion our results suggest that BDV infection may not be endemic in Korea. Further studies with novel diagnostic tools are required to clarify the prevalence of BDV infection in Korea.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)58-60
Number of pages3
JournalPsychiatry Investigation
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Mar 1



  • Borna disease virus
  • Horses
  • Jockeys
  • Real time RT-P

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry

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