Case–control study on risk factors associated with Brucella Melitensis in goat farms in Peninsular Malaysia
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Caprine brucellosis is a bacterial zoonotic infection affecting goats especially in developing countries all over the world. In Malaysia, the risk factors associated with this infection in farms have not been studied. A case–control study was carried out in goat farms in four states of Malaysia to elucidate the risk factors associated with the infection on the farms using structured questionnaires and face-to-face interviews. Results indicate that the introduction of new animals (OR = 5.25; 90 % CI = 1.46, 18.88), younger age category of farms (OR = 5.53; 90 % CI = 1.09, 21.66), and farms with single breed of goats (OR = 8.50; 90 % CI = 1.27, 41.97) were significant risk factors for brucellosis. In order to control brucellosis or possibly eradicate it in goat farms, these factors need to be dealt with. Enforcing stringent importation protocols or complete ban of goat importation from brucellosis endemic countries will help reduce risk of introducing new infection into the country.
KeywordsCase–control Brucella melitensis Risk factors Goats Farms Malaysia
The authors wish to acknowledge all the staff of the Department of Veterinary Services of Malaysia at state and district levels for their cooperation and untiring efforts towards the success of this study. The farmers are acknowledged for their patience and cooperation.
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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.
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