What role does rotavirus play in equine diarrhoea in Australian horses?

The University of Melbourne

  • Project code: PRJ-006539

  • Project stage: Closed

  • Project start date: Friday, July 1, 2011

  • Project completion date: Wednesday, May 22, 2013

  • National Priority: HOR-Thoroughbred diseases and parasites


This project involves screening an epidemiologically sound collection of faecal samples for equine rotavirus. It can be broken down into multiple stages, including:
1. sample collection;
2. development and validation of quantitative assays;
3. screening of samples for rotavirus;
4. further characterisation of selected isolates;
5. epidemiological analysis; and
6. analysis of quantitative data.


Thoroughbred Horses

Research Organisation

The University of Melbourne

Objective Summary

1. Establish an equine diarrhoea sample bank.
2. Conduct survey of rotavirus in foal diarrhoea and non-diarrhoeal controls.
3. Use cutting-edge molecular methods to detect rotavirus.