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Online Journal of Veterinary Research

 (Including Medical and Laboratory Research)

Established 1994
ISSN 1328-925X


Volume 26 (1):21-23, 2022.

Seroprevalence of ovine respiratory syncytial virus in Sheep

Asaad Chasib Al-Atabi1, Jenan mahmood khalaf2


1 Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Kufa, 2Department of internal and preventive medicine, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Baghdad, Iraq




Al-Atabi AC, Khalaf JM., Seroprevalence of ovine respiratory syncytial virus in Sheep, Onl J Vet Res., 26 (1):21-23, 2022. Respiratory syncytial virus (ORSV) causes interstitial edema, pneumonia, and bronchiolitis. From November 2020 to September 2021, 120 serum samples were collected from unvaccinated sheep (15 years old) in Najaf and Babylon, Iraq. The samples were tested by commercial indirect ELISA kits. We found prevalence for ORSV in sheep in central Iraq to be about 42 - 47%. Compared with younger sheep, we found higher prevalence in those aged 1-3 years (58%) and reaching ~-65% during winter as expected. We found no differences by gender but as expected, did find increased 67% prevalence (67%) in sheep mixed with cattle than those not (40%).


Keywords: Prevalence, ovine, respiratory, syncytial, virus, Iraq.