Seroprevalence of Brucella ovis-epididymitis, smooth-Brucella, leptospirosis, toxoplasmosis, and Maedi-Visna in sheep slaughtered in Minas Gerais State, Brazil
The present study aimed to estimate the prevalence of antibodies against Brucella ovis-epididymitis, smooth-Brucella,
leptospirosis, toxoplasmosis and Maedi-visna in sheep slaughtered in Minas Gerais, Brazil and to study their simultaneous
occurrence, including caseous lymphadenitis, at sheep and flock levels. The study was conducted at a sheep slaughterhouse
with Federal Inspection Service. Sera from 594 animals from 21 flocks were collected, in 2007. The agar gel immunodiffusion
(AGID) was employed to detect anti-B. ovis and anti-Maedi Visna antibodies, whereas Rose Bengal (RB) and the
2-mercaptoethanol test (2ME) were used to test anti-smooth Brucella antibodies. For the detection of anti-Leptospira
antibodies, sera were examined by microscopic agglutination test (MAT), while for the detection of IgG antibodies to
Toxoplasma gondii ELISA was used. Prevalence of antibodies against smooth Brucella, B. ovis-epididimitis, Leptospira
spp., toxoplasmosis and Maedi-Visna found in sheep from Minas Gerais was 0.00%, 24.04%, 25.96%, 10.46% and
3.08%, respectively; whereas the seroprevalence in flocks was 0.00%, 80.95%, 90.48%, 71.43% and 23.81%, respectively.
Moreover, when data on antibodies anti-Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis, previously obtained, were included, about
60% of the flocks showed animals that were exposed to four or more of the studied agents. However, only 25.47% of
the sheep exhibited simultaneously antibodies against more than one pathogen. Thus, data from the present study on
sheep slaughtered in Minas Gerais, Brazil, showed no antibodies to smooth-Brucella and a low frequency of antibodies
anti-Maedi Visna lentivirus, and a high and widespread seroprevalence of B. ovis, Leptospira spp., and T. gondii among
animals and flocks.
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Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior
Grant numbers 001
Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico
Grant numbers 420110/2018-6
Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de Minas Gerais