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Seroprevalence of antibodies against bacterial pathogens in sheep from Equatorial Guinea

Author(s) : D. Loureiro, et al.

Summary :

Equatorial Guinea (EG) is a country in Central Africa with typical tropical weather. Sheep are an important source of food in EG, but the absence of information regarding infectious diseases that affect the native flocks of small ruminants is a concern. The country is currently implementing several new practices in the sheep industry associated with the importation of sheep from other countries. This study aimed to evaluate the seroprevalence of bacterial infections that are important to the sheep industry in EG sheep flocks. The detection of specific antibodies for the four agents studied was performed using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay in 1,002 serum samples from EG sheep. The results showed a true prevalence of 13.37% for antibodies against Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis, 0.59% for Brucella ovis, 19.89% for Chlamydophila abortus and 0.79% for Mycoplasma agalactiae in animals from production flocks.

Keywords
Caseous lymphadenitis – Contagious agalactia – Enzootic abortion – Equatorial Guinea – Ovine brucellosis – Sheep.

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