Seroprevalence of brucellosis in cattle and humans in the Akwapim-South district of Ghana: Public health implications

Show simple item record Kubuafor, D.K. Awumbila, B. Akanmori, B.D. 2019-02-21T13:43:56Z 2019-02-21T13:43:56Z 2000-07
dc.identifier.other Volume 76, Issue 1, Pages 45-48
dc.description.abstract A total of 183 cattle comprising 54 bulls, 53 milking cows, 76 heifers and 44 calves in the Akwapim-South district of Ghana were tested for antibodies against Brucella abortus using the Rose Bengal plate test. The results indicated that cattle in the Akwapim-South district were infected with Brucella with a mean seroprevalence of 6.6%. There was no difference in the seroprevalence either between females 11/129 (8.5%) and males 1/54 (1.9%), or among the three different breeds of cattle (Sanga, West African short horn (WASH) and white Fulani) in the study area. However, there was a significant increase in seropositivity with respect to age. A significant association between antibodies against Brucella and a history of abortions and retained placenta in cows indicated that brucellosis might be responsible for significant economic losses to farmers in the area. However, no evidence of human brucellosis was detected by antibody screening in selected risk groups. Copyright (C) 2000 Elsevier Science B.V. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Acta Tropica en_US
dc.subject Brucellosis en_US
dc.subject Cattle en_US
dc.subject Ghana en_US
dc.subject Public health importance en_US
dc.title Seroprevalence of brucellosis in cattle and humans in the Akwapim-South district of Ghana: Public health implications en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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    The Department of Immunology conducts research in the field of immunology of infectious and non-infectious diseases. The Department has the overall goal of contributing knowledge to better diagnosis, management, control and prevention of infectious and non-infectious diseases in Ghana and worldwide. This is consistent with the overall strategy of the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) and in line with the strategy of the College of Health Sciences of the University of Ghana.

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