Virologica Sinica

, Volume 27, Issue 5, pp 320–323 | Cite as

Spatial trend of Foot and Mouth Disease virus (FMDV) serotypes in cattle and buffaloes, Pakistan

  • Muhammad AbubakarEmail author
  • Muhammad Javed Arshed
  • Qurban Ali
  • Manzoor Hussain
Brief Report


The present study describes the frequency of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) virus serotypes (O, A and Asia-1) in major regions (all provinces) of Pakistan using Indirect Sandwich ELISA. Also, spatial distribution of various FMD serotypes and their comparison is discussed. A total of 590 samples (Epithelial tissue) have been analyzed during a period of five years (2005–2009). Out of 590 samples, 180 were found positive, giving an overall confirmation of FMDV about 33.2 %. Of the prevalent serotypes, FMDV ‘O’ serotype caused most outbreaks (20.7 %), followed by serotype A (6.6 %) and serotype Asia-1 (4.6 %) while there was no positive case of type ‘C’. The study clearly showed that the disease was more frequent in the agro-climatic zones than in hilly areas. Based on the data of 590 samples (>50 outbreaks), the overall prevalence of FMDV in cattle and buffaloes in Pakistan was 33.2 %, while in cattle alone, it was 37.1 %, higher than in buffalo (28.7 %). There were eight cases of mixed serotypes infection, indicating the presence of endemic state of disease. Another significant feature was the change over time. In phase-I (2005–2007), there was an overall prevalence of 29.4 %, while the occurrence of the serotype O, A and Asia-1 was 20.4 %, 2.9 % and 4.7 %, respectively. During phase-II (2008-2009), the overall prevalence was 59.21 %, while those of serotype O, A and Asia-1 were 22.4 %, 31.6 % and 4.0 %, respectively. This clearly indicated a shift from serotype O to A, which may help to explain the occurrence of more severe outbreaks, despite vaccination.


Spatial and Temporal Distribution Serotype shift Foot and Mouth disease (FMD) Virus Indirect Sandwich ELISA Serotypes 


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© Wuhan Institute of Virology, CAS and Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Muhammad Abubakar
    • 1
    Email author
  • Muhammad Javed Arshed
    • 1
  • Qurban Ali
    • 1
  • Manzoor Hussain
    • 1
  1. 1.National Veterinary LaboratoryIslamabadPakistan

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