Main Subjects : Zoonotic Diseases


Serological and molecular investigations of Brucellosis in dairy cows at certain areas of Al-Sulaymaniyah governorate- Iraq

Kani M. Ridhae; Suha A. Hussein

Iraqi Journal of Veterinary Sciences, 2021, Volume 35, Issue 4, Pages 657-662
DOI: 10.33899/ijvs.2021.127688.1520

This study aimed to detect Brucella antibodies in the sera of dairy cows and to identify Brucella species in the milk of seropositive cows. A total of 100 sera and 100 milk samples were collected from two 50-cows groups (group 1 with and group 2 without a history of reproductive problems and/or decreased milk production). Rose Bengal plate test and indirect ELISA were used to explore Brucella antibodies in the serum samples and thereafter milk samples of seropositive cows were undergone PCR analysis using Brucella genus specific primers and 3 pairs of species specific primers for identification of B. abortus, B. melitensis and B. suis. The RBPT showed 22 cows were carriers for the Brucella antibodies, 18 in group 1 and 4 in group 2 whereas the iELISA showed only 10 cows out of these 22 cows were positive, 9 in group 1 and only 1 cow in group 2. The PCR assay, which was performed on milk samples of the RBPT positive cows, revealed 18 samples were positive for the Brucella genus and the Brucella abortus species and were negative for Brucella melitensis and Brucella suis species. As a conclusion, the results of this study showed that brucellosis has been encountered in cows with or without a history of reproductive problems, and the RBPT followed by PCR assay for milk samples of the seropositive cows could provide more specific detection than performing either test alone and could be more useful for rapid screening of brucellosis in dairy cows.

A study of the gastrointestinal parasites in awassi sheep and surrounding environment

Dhyaa M. Jwher; Maan T. Jarjees; Aqeel M. Alshater

Iraqi Journal of Veterinary Sciences, 2021, Volume 35, Issue 3, Pages 561-567
DOI: 10.33899/ijvs.2020.127174.1478

The aim of this study was to investigate the occurrence gastrointestinal parasites in Awassi sheep and the contamination of surrounding environment in ten different locations of Nineveh governorate, during March up to June/2018. A total of 781 of different samples including 231 fecal, 192 soil, 188 feed and 170 water samples were investigated for the detection of ova and oocysts. Traditional parasitic techniques were followed in the study. The results showed that fecal samples were positive for eggs of nematodes, trematodes, and protozoal oocysts 30.63, 9.09, 14.28% respectively. Soil samples were positive for eggs of nematodes, trematodes and protozoal oocysts at 21.35, 10.93, 44.79% respectively. Feed samples declared that contamination with nematodes, trematodes, and protozoal oocysts were 22.34, 26.06, 51.59%, respectively. Examination of water troughs examined, showed that nematodes, trematodes and protozoal oocysts were occurred at 14.11, 8.82, 31.76%, respectively. It concluded that parasitic infection in sheep could attain from different sources, and every effort should be applied to reduce the contamination.

Detection and pathogenicity of Listeria monocytogenes in common carp (Cyprinus carpio) fish in Baghdad, Iraq

Nagham M. Al-Gburi

Iraqi Journal of Veterinary Sciences, 2020, Volume 34, Issue 2, Pages 311-316
DOI: 10.33899/ijvs.2019.125980.1205

A few reports are available for detection of L. monocytogenes in fish in Iraq, however, the current study was undertaken to investigate the potential role of Listeria spp. in common carp fish in Baghdad province, Iraq. A total of fresh thirty raw common carp (Cyprinus carpio) were purchased from fish sellers of various local markets in Baghdad city from (December 2017 to March 2018) The viscera was removed aseptically, the bacterial isolation and identification was conducted by a conventional culture method using Listeria selective media, biochemical tests and Vitek 2 for gram-positive. Pathogenicity of isolates was studied in vivo by inoculating mice with bacterium. Targeting virulence associated genes was used to detect the virulence and to confirm the L. monocytogenes isolates. The isolates were tested for antimicrobial susceptibility by disk diffusion method for 12 antibiotics. The results revealed that 6.66% of L. monocytogenes were identified from common carp fish viscera and the isolates were pathogenic in mice. L. monocytogenes virulence associated genes were detected in both isolates, while L. innocua virulence associated gene (Lin0372) was detected in one of the two isolates. The isolates were resistant to 7 out of 12 antibacterial drugs including tetracycline, ampicillin, methicillin, cefixime, oxacillin, cefotaxime and penicillin G. The results suggest that presence of L. monocytogenes in fish may have a serious role in public health hygienic in humans.

Some insights of novel COVID 19 virus: structure, pathogenicity and immunity aspects

Ammar M. Al-Aalim; Mohammad A. Hamad; Ali A. AL-ledani

Iraqi Journal of Veterinary Sciences, 2020, Volume 34, Issue 2, Pages 287-293
DOI: 10.33899/ijvs.2020.126898.1408

COVID- 19 is highly infectious disease where the first infected case reported in Wuhan city-China, then it was spread worldwide. The causative agent belongs to novel enveloped single linear positive-sense stranded RNA Coronavirus, which is also called SARS-CoV-2 and has an affinity to lung cells. The genetic analysis of SARS-CoV-2 suggested that this novehtm hgn l strain may be developed from the animal. origin by recombination between a bat SARS-like CoV and a coronavirus of unknown origin. The ability of rapid spread of SARS-CoV-2 virus from person to other is similar or even more than to other human viruses like influenza or plague leadding to be announced as a pandemic by WHO in 2020. The mortality rate in SARS-CoV-2 increased day by day and this led the scientists to search ways to control the virus. Most of the deaths in aged patients may be due to immune response complications where 70% of patients showed lymphopenia. This review, provided some details about structure, pathogenicity and immune response against SARS-CoV-2. The facts in this review lead to suggest that in most cases the death in SARS-CoV-2 may occur via loss of systemic inflammatory response control which leading to lung injury followed by pneumonia, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and respiratory failure, hence the death especially in old patients. In concluding the early effective control of both innate and adaptive immunity may be the critical. key factor in protection against SARS-CoV-2.

Similarities and differences of COVID-19 and avian infectious bronchitis from molecular pathologist and poultry specialist view point

Waseem Al-Jameel; Saevan Saad Al-Mahmood

Iraqi Journal of Veterinary Sciences, 2020, Volume 34, Issue 2, Pages 223-231
DOI: 10.33899/ijvs.2020.126984.1426

Coronaviruses (CoVs) are important RNA viruses that affect respiratory, gastrointestinal and urinary system of human being and birds. These viruses originated from the subfamily Coronavirinae which genetically includes Alphacoronavirus, Beta coronavirus, Gamma coronavirus and Delta coronavirus. The sequencing analysis of the genome showed that COVID-19 caused by SARS-CoV-2 belongs to Beta coronavirus genus and avian infectious bronchitis caused by IBV comes from Gamma coronavirus genus. Over the past few decades and until now, the world showed that endemic outbreaks of infectious bronchitis in avian caused by IBV. Once more, the world sees the emergence of another new human coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak due to a new strain called SARS-CoV-2. Whole genetic material and comparative genomic analysis exhibited that IBV and SARS-CoV-2 have particularly same genomic structures and characteristics. Both have a spike protein in the genome structure which allows that SARS-CoV-2 attaches to their human select cells throughout ACE2 receptors, that are notably reported in the lung and kidney. While IBV uses alpha (2,3) linked sialic acids-dependent manner for bind to the avian tissues which is notably reported in the lung and kidney. The two diseases are produced a pulmonary and urinary infection that lead to sneezing, gasping, respiratory massive destruction, severe pneumonia and renal failure. This review will introduce a general overview of two diseases and describe the phylogeny, epidemiology, pathogenesis, clinical features, autopsy report and microscopic lesions.

Toxoplasmosis in high risk pregnant women and it's relation with some serological parameters in Nineveh governorate

B. A. Abdullah; G. Th. Al-Ubbyde

Iraqi Journal of Veterinary Sciences, 2012, Volume 26, Issue Suppl. III, Pages 283-288
DOI: 10.33899/ijvs.2012.168738

The present study included the serological screening of toxoplasmosis caused by Toxoplasma gondii as one of the abortion causes in (463) pregnant women aged between (18-40) years. They were consulted Al-Zuharaoy, AL-Salam and AL-Bitol hospitals in Nineveh Governorate. Tests for screening toxoplasmosis were latex agglutination test LAT and Modified MLAT by using 2-mercaptoethanol(2-ME) compound and ELISA to distinguish between acute or chronic infection. The level of Anti Cardiolipin antibodies type IgM (ACL-IgM), Anti-Streptolysin-O (ASO), Rheumatoid factor (RF), Anti-Nuclear Factor (ANF) were also estimated in the serum and the relation between these factors and the infection was also checked. Other important factors such as age, profession and contact with animals suspected in causing infection were also investigated. The results showed that frequency of infected cases was (79%) using LAT and(46%) using MLAT was (46%) while ELISA detected (37%). Eighty nine of pregnant women who have positive (ACL–IgM) also gave positive result for LAT. Seventy one percentage of them were active cases by using MLAT and (63%)by using ELISA. The result also revealed that (78%) of infected women were positive to ASO tests and only (9%) to RF test but no interaction between infection and ANF test were noticed.