Murdoch University Research Repository

Welcome to the Murdoch University Research Repository

The Murdoch University Research Repository is an open access digital collection of research
created by Murdoch University staff, researchers and postgraduate students.

Learn more

Prevalence of Brucellosis in pigs: The first report in Bangladesh

Akhter, L., Sarker, M.A.S., Uddin, M.J., Nahar, A., Chakrabartty, A., Sarker, R.R., Ahasan, M.S., Nuruzzaman, M. and Rahman, M.S. (2013) Prevalence of Brucellosis in pigs: The first report in Bangladesh. Bangladesh Journal of Veterinary Medicine, 10 (1-2). pp. 75-80.

Link to Published Version:
*Subscription may be required


Brucellosis, a bacterial zoonotic disease, has been reported in ruminants but still no report in pigs in Bangladesh. The aim of this study was to describe seroprevalence of brucellosis in swine in Bangladesh. Blood from a total of 105 pigs was collected from selected areas of Bangladesh. All samples were screened using Rose Bengal Test (RBT) and further confirmed by using Slow Agglutination Test (SAT). A structured questionnaire was used to collect the epidemiological data related to the animals and husbandry practices. Out of the 105 sera analyzed, 7 (6.7%) and 5 (4.8%) were found to be positive by RBT and SAT respectively. It was observed that, insignificantly higher prevalence of brucellosis based on SAT was found in female (5.6%) than male (2.9%), in aged animal (8.1%) than young (0.0%) and in pregnant animal (12.5%) than non pregnant animal (2.1%) (p>0.05). Prevalence of brucellosis was 42.9% in aborted pigs and 1.6% in non aborted pigs. The association between abortion status and prevalence of brucellosis was statistically highly significant (p<0.01). This report of prevalence of brucellosis in pigs is very important with regards to the human health and other livestock and might help Government and NGOs to design preventive measurement and establish livestock health policy.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publisher: Bangladesh Academy of Sciences
Copyright: © 2011 Bangladesh Society for Veterinary Medicine
Item Control Page Item Control Page