ANTIBODY DETECTION IN SUSPECTED CARRIERS OF AFRICAN SWINE FEVER VIRUS IN ADO LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA OF BENUE STATE, NIGERIA

Authors

  • Adenaike, E. A. Department of Veterinary Medicine, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Umuahia, Abia State
  • Tekdek, L. B.
  • Kazeem, H. M.
  • Simon, A. Y.

Keywords:

African swine fever, serum, antibody, Ado LGA, Benue State.

Abstract

Studies were undertaken to investigate the presence of antibodies against African Swine Fever
Virus (ASFV) in pig populations of Ado local government area (LGA) of Benue State. Out of
the 188 pigs examined 7 sera samples were obtained and assessed by indirect Enzyme-linked
immunosorbent assays (ELISA) .Three samples (42.86%) were positive and 4 (57.14%) negative
for antibodies against ASFV. Since pigs with demonstrable antibody should be considered as
chronic carriers of the virus because it is doubtful if true recovery ever occurs. Control measures
such as use of biosecurity, test and slaughter of animals that test positive for ASF antibody with
adequate compensation are suggested to eradicate the disease.

Published

2017-06-30