Serodiagnosis of hydatidosis in sheep slaughtered at Sokoto abattoir, Sokoto state, Nigeria

  • MA Saulawa
  • AA Magaji
  • OO Faleke
  • AA Mohammed
  • AU Junaidu
  • MD Salihu
  • AL Musawa
  • A Sada
  • LU Fakai
  • M Mohammed
  • A Bala
  • S Sidi
  • N Lawal
Keywords: abattoir, hydatodosis, serodiagnosis, sheep, sokoto


Serological screening for hydatidosis was carried out on sheep slaughtered at the Sokoto abattoir, Northwestern Nigeria. A total of 186 serum samples  obtained from randomly selected animals were analysed for antigen - antibody responses using Echinococcus granulosus IgG Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA) kit (RIDASCREEN®). Postmortem inspection for the presence of cyst was also carried out on the selected animals. The study did not observe any antigen-antibody reaction in any of the samples screened and no cyst was found at post-mortem inspection of the selected sheep. The zero prevalence recorded suggest s the need to employ some other more sensitive diagnostic techniques to ascertain the result obtained in this study.

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