pISSN:1309 - 6958       eISSN:2146 - 1953
2015, Cilt 31, Sayı 4, Sayfa(lar) 214-217
A serological investigation of Blue Tongue Virus infection in sheep breeds in Karaman province
Sibel Yavru1, Oguzhan Avci1, Orhan Yapici1,2, Oya Bulut1, Atilla Simsek1, Mehmet Kale3
1Department of Virology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Selcuk, Konya, Turkey
2Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Kyrgyzstan-Turkey Manas, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
3Department of Virology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Mehmet Akif Ersoy, Burdur, Turkey
Keywords: Blue Tongue Virus, sheep, cELISA, Culicoides
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Aim: The aim of this study was to describe the seroprevalence rate of Blue Tongue Virus in sheep flocks in Karaman.

Materials and Methods: A total of 350 sheep blood serum samples were collected from 5 flocks (70 from each flocks) that were randomly selected. Samples were tested against to Blue Tongue Virus antibodies by a commercial competitive enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (cELISA).

Results: Prevalence of antibodies to Blue Tongue Virus in flocks was 32.85%, 28.57%, 25.71%, 37.14%, 41.42%, respectively. Out of 350 serum samples, 116 (33.14%) were positive for Blue Tongue Virus specific antibodies by cELISA.

Conclusion: The climate conditions of Turkey might be suitable for the survival of Culicoides vectors of Blue Tongue Virus; hence sheep folks should be controlled constantly in term of BTV.