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A serological survey for antibodies to foot-and-mouth disease virus in indigenous Tswana goats and sheep in Kasane, Maun and Shakawe districts in northwestern Botswana

J.M.K. Hyera, M. Letshwenyo, K.B. Monyame, G. Thobokwe, A.R. Pilane, N. Mapitse, E.K. Baipoledi
Onderstepoort Journal of Veterinary Research | Vol 73, No 2 | a160 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ojvr.v73i2.160 | © 2006 J.M.K. Hyera, M. Letshwenyo, K.B. Monyame, G. Thobokwe, A.R. Pilane, N. Mapitse, E.K. Baipoledi | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 13 September 2006 | Published: 13 September 2006

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J.M.K. Hyera,
M. Letshwenyo,
K.B. Monyame,
G. Thobokwe,
A.R. Pilane,
N. Mapitse,
E.K. Baipoledi,

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Abstract

A serological survey was conducted in apparently healthy, unvaccinated indigenous Tswana goats and sheep in Kasane, Maun and Shakawe districts in northwestern Botswana in order to determine in these animals, the levels of exposure to the South African Territories (SAT) serotypes: SAT 1, SAT 2 and SAT 3 of foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV). A total of 250, 142 and 134 goat sera originating respectively from Kasane, Maun and Shakawe districts were tested for FMDV antibodies against the three SAT serotypes by the liquid phase blocking enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay and 26 of 250 (10.4 %), 5 of 142 (3.5 %) and 18 of 134 (13.4 %) were positive either to SAT 1 or SAT 3, or to both serotypes. None of the goats' sera was positive to SAT 2 serotype. All sheep sera (n = 9) tested negative against all three serotypes of the virus. The findings are discussed in relation to results of other serological surveys carried out elsewhere.

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