The BHV-4 virus (Bovine Herpes Virus type 4) is a gammaherpesvirus of cattle and belongs to the genus Rhadinovirus. It has been associated to a variety of clinical signs, such as conjunctivitis, respiratory problems, diarrhea, metritis and abortions.
The role of BHV4 in abortion has not been clearly defined, although high levels of anti-BHV4 antibodies are associated with abortion between 5 and 9 months of gestation.
Scientists are now screening for BHV4 antibodies as part of abortion control plans. Given this increased interest for BHV4 serology, and the complicated nature of the IF test, IDvet has developed an easy-to-use BHV4 indirect ELISA, ID Screen® BHV-4 Indirect, for the detection of anti-BHV4 antibodies in cattle sera.