Summary (continued)
The genes encoding glycoprotein H (gH) of EHV-1 and glycoprotein B (gB) of EHV-4 were amplified by a semi-nested polymerase chain reaction. Of the samples analysed, 28% and 6% of lymph nodes contained the genes for gH and gB, respectively. The viral DNA polymerase gene was amplified and sequenced. Twelve of the 13 genomes sequenced presented the nucleotide G2254, while the remaining 1 showed both nucleotides, A2254 and G2254. The results confirm the presence of EHV-1 in Uruguay. Furthermore, there is evidence for the first time of the detection of EHV-4, and high-frequency detection of the neuropathogenic variant (G2254/D752) of EHV-1 in Uruguay. These findings provide new insights into the epidemiological situation of EHV-1 and EHV-4 in that country.