Comparative Clinical Pathology

, Volume 21, Issue 1, pp 33–38

Serological prevalence of Coxiella burnetii in captive wild ruminants in Saudi Arabia

  • Mansour F. Hussein
  • Ibrahim M. Al-Khalifa
  • Riyadh S. Aljumaah
  • Abdelrahman Gar Elnabi
  • Osama B. Mohammed
  • Sawsan A. Omer
  • William V. Macasero
Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s00580-010-1061-y

Cite this article as:
Hussein, M.F., Al-Khalifa, I.M., Aljumaah, R.S. et al. Comp Clin Pathol (2012) 21: 33. doi:10.1007/s00580-010-1061-y

Abstract

Serum samples from sand gazelles (n = 227), mountain gazelles (n = 232), and Arabian oryx (n = 96) reared in captivity in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia were tested for the presence of Coxiella burnetii antibodies using an indirect enzyme immunoassay. C. burnetii antibodies were present in 18.3%, 7.3%, and 46.9% of these animals, respectively. The difference in serological prevalence between the three species was statistically significant. Age- and sex-related differences in prevalence were also observed. This study is the first record of C. burnetii antibodies in Arabian gazelles.

Keywords

Arabian oryx (Oryx leucoryx)Sand gazelle (Gazella subgutturosa marica)Mountain gazelle (Gazella gazella)Coxiella burnetiiELISASaudi Arabia

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mansour F. Hussein
    • 1
  • Ibrahim M. Al-Khalifa
    • 1
  • Riyadh S. Aljumaah
    • 1
  • Abdelrahman Gar Elnabi
    • 1
  • Osama B. Mohammed
    • 2
  • Sawsan A. Omer
    • 2
  • William V. Macasero
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Animal Production, College of Food Sciences and AgricultureKing Saud UniversityRiyadhSaudi Arabia
  2. 2.King Khalid Wildlife Research CenterThe Saudi Commission for WildlifeRiyadhSaudi Arabia