Preliminary results of manufacturing antibodies using ferrets immunized with a local influenza virus isolate

Ho-Shin Lee

2007 Vol.23 NO.1

Correspondence Author: Lee Ho Shin


To prevent influenza, rapid identification of viral types of influenza is required. Among lab animals, ferrets have a high sensitivity to human influenza viruses, and hence are often used as animal models for influenza. In this study, ferrets are used for immunological experiments with the hope to establish initial techniques including culture of influenza virus from specimens, management and breeding of laboratory ferrets, immunological blood sampling of ferrets, and pathological studies. Ferrets breeding with current laboratory equipments can easily result in cross infection with human diseases. Therefore, our proposal will also emphasize on improving current equipments related to laboratory animals.