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Prevalence of PPR-virus Antibodies in Sheep, Goats and Camels in Hail, Saudi Arabia

Prevalence of PPR-virus Antibodies in Sheep, Goats and Camels in Hail, Saudi Arabia

Ahmed Zein Mahmoud1, Muaz Abdellatif 2, 3*, Luai Shazali1

1Veterinary Laboratories, Ministry of Agriculture. Saudi Arabia; 2Department of Biology (Microbiology), Faculty of Arts & Science, Northern Borders University, Saudi Arabia; 3Home address: University of Nyala, Faculty of Veterinary Science, Department of Microbiology, Sudan.

Email: muazm20@gmail.com

ABSTRACT

Abstract | The present study describes the prevalence of peste des petits ruminants (PPR) virus antibodies in sheep, goats and camels at Hail, Bagaa, Shenan and Ghazalah, Saudi Arabia. Serum samples (n=400), collected during 2012–2013 from sick and clinically healthy herds, were subjected to antibodies detection using c-ELISA. Out of examined animals, 83 (62.9%) goats and 70 (33.2%) sheep were detected positive against PPRV antibodies, whereas camels appeared to be seronegative. Based upon the seasonal variations in the antibodies detection, environment appeared to be a significant factor on the level of antibodies in the tested small ruminants population. Taken together, results indicate the seropositivity of PPRV in the region and warrant future large-scale surveillance studies to better assess the situation of the disease in the region.

 

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Hosts and Viruses

December

Vol. 7, Iss. 6, Pages 129-146

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