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Muhammad Ishaq Department of Biotechnology, University of Malakand, Chakdara, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan

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Syed Asad Ali Shah Livestock & Dairy Development Department, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Peshawar, Pakistan

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Midrar Ullah Livestock & Dairy Development Department, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Peshawar, Pakistan

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Syed Muhammad Jamal Department of Biotechnology, University of Malakand, Chakdara, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan

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This study investigated the sero-epidemiology of bluetongue in ruminants in North-Western Pakistan. A total of 3,173 serum samples were collected from small (n = 1,651) and large (n = 1,522) ruminants being reared by farmers in 14 districts. Antibodies to bluetongue virus (BTV) were detected using competitive ELISA. The overall prevalence of BTV antibodies was 65%. A significant association (P < 0.05) between the prevalence of BTV antibodies and the risk factors including sex, species, age, area, husbandry practices and breed was shown by univariate analysis. In multivariate analysis, the seroprevalence was 6.5 (95% CL = 3.7–11.4), 5.9 (95% CL = 3.8–9.4) and 2.4 (95% CL = 1.5–3.7) times higher in buffaloes, cattle and goats than sheep, respectively. The seroprevalence was 1.4 (95% CL = 1.1–1.7) times higher in local breeds than in cross/exotic breeds. The seroprevalence was 1.6 (95% CL = 1.1 to 2.3) times higher in sedentary animals than in nomadic animals. The seroprevalence was significantly associated with age. Further work is required to determine the BTV serotypes prevalent in the study area for effective control of the disease.

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  • Tibor NÉMETH (University of Veterinary Medicine, Budapest, Hungary)
  • Zsuzsanna NEOGRÁDY (University of Veterinary Medicine, Budapest, Hungary)
  • Dušan PALIĆ (Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich, Germany)
  • Alessandra PELAGALLI (University of Naples Federico II, Naples, Italy)
  • Kurt PFISTER (Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich, Munich, Germany)
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