Indian Journal of Animal Research

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Indian Journal of Animal Research, volume 54 issue 4 (april 2020) : 478-481

Detection of Brucella antibodies in selected wild animals and avian species in Pakistan

Shahzad Ali, Samra Saleem, Muhammad Imran, Muhammad Rizwan, Khizar Iqbal, Ghulam Qadir, Haroon Ahmad, Sajid Umar, Waseem Ahmad Khan, Iahtasham Khan, Heinrich Neubauer
1Department of Wildlife and Ecology, University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan.
Cite article:- Ali Shahzad, Saleem Samra, Imran Muhammad, Rizwan Muhammad, Iqbal Khizar, Qadir Ghulam, Ahmad Haroon, Umar Sajid, Khan Ahmad Waseem, Khan Iahtasham, Neubauer Heinrich (2018). Detection of Brucella antibodies in selected wild animals and avian species in Pakistan. Indian Journal of Animal Research. 54(4): 478-481. doi: 10.18805/ijar.B-799.
Brucellosis is a zoonotic disease which affects humans, farm animals and wildlife as well. In Pakistan, the status of human and farm animal brucellosis is documented but the information about brucellosis in wildlife is lacking. To access the seroprevalence of Brucella antibodies in avian (turkeys, peafowl, guineafowl, mallard ducks and Indian blue rock pigeon) and selected wild species (reptiles and amphibians), a total of 117 serum samples (reptile = 34, amphibian = 04, avian n = 79) were collected from Karachi and Pattoki regions of Pakistan. Serum samples were screened for Brucella antibodies using Rose Bengal plate test (RBPT) and11.1% serum samples were found positive. Overall, 2.5% birds, 29.4% reptiles and 25% amphibians were seropositive for Brucella antibodies. This is first report of detection of Brucella antibodies in reptiles and amphibians in Pakistan. 
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