Author : Saleh Aghaa, O.B.

Seroprevelance study of Rift Valley fever antibody in sheep and goats in Ninevah governorate

O.B. Saleh Aghaa; M.S. Rhaymah

Iraqi Journal of Veterinary Sciences, 2013, Volume 27, Issue 2, Pages 53-61
DOI: 10.33899/ijvs.2013.82778

The aim of this study was to detect the sero- prevalence of Rift Valley Fever virus antibodies in sheep and goat in Ninavah Provence, The study was included Examination of 368 serum samples, 184 samples for each species of animals (Ewes and female goats (Does), Pregnant, Aborted and lambs or kids 1-2 weeks old) in different areas Ninavah from October 2012 to February 2013. The samples were examined by using competitive ELISA test and measured the level of blood protein, total and direct bilirubin and estimation of some liver enzymes The results of study was revealed that the total percentage of seropositive samples to the c-ELISA was 2.99% (11/368 samples), divided to 1.08% in sheep (2/184) and 4.89% in goats (9/184) and 2.17% from the sample was doubtful. The highest ratio from seropositive was in aborted female goats 72.73% (8/11), while the ratio was equal between aborted ewes, pregnant ewe's and pregnant female goats was 9.09%. There was no positive samples in lambs or goat kids 1-2 weeks of age. There was significantly increased in total protein in serum of seropositive animals compared with control group.