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Molecular and serological surveillance of African horse sickness virus in eastern and central Saudi Arabia

Author(s) : M. Hemida, M. Alhammadi, A. Daleb & A. Alnaeem

Summary :

African horse sickness virus (AHSV) is one of the most devastating viral diseases of the family Equidae. Infection with AHSV threatens not only the Saudi equine industry but also the equine industry worldwide. This is due to the high morbidity and mortality rates among the infected population of up to 100%. The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) lists AHSV among its notifiable diseases; this requires Member Countries to monitor the situation with regard to AHSV very carefully in order to avoid the spread of the virus. The OIE also suggests the systematic monitoring of AHSV in the equine population at regular intervals. The main aim of the current study is to perform molecular and serological surveillance on different horse populations in eastern and central regions of Saudi Arabia.

Keywords
African horse sickness virus – ELISA – Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay – Real-time reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction – Real-time RT–PCR – Saudi Arabia – Surveillance.

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