Akabane virus: serological survey of antibodies in livestock in the Sudan.

M. E. Mohamed, P. S. Mellor, W. P. Taylor

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An investigation was conducted to assess the prevalence of Akabane virus antibodies in domestic ruminants from different ecological zones of Sudan. Neutralizing antibodies were demonstrated in sheep, goats and cattle sampled between 1979 and 1980 from El Obeid, Nyala, Kassala, Jonglei and Sennar. The highest prevalence was in Jonglei where 27% of six sheep, 36% of eleven goats and 47% of 90 cattle had antibodies to the virus. Although antibodies were demonstrated in 8% of 79 dams and 15% of 70 dams of two sentinel calf herds in Central Sudan at Shambat and Um Benein, respectively, none of their sentinel calves sampled between 1981 and 1983 had antibodies. Antibodies were subsequently detected in 8 (14%) out of 57 calves from Shambat and 5 (12%) out 40 from Um Benein of the random samples collected during 1985 from 1-3 year old calves. The implications of these results are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)285-288
Number of pages4
JournalRevue d'Elevage et de Medecine Veterinaire des Pays Tropicaux(France)
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • General Veterinary
  • Ecology


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