4-Title: Molecular detection of bovine rotavirus from north Gujarat, India

Authors: AI Dadawala, BS Chandel, HC Chauhan and AG Bhagat

Source: Ruminant Science (2013)-2(2):131-137.

How to cite this manuscript: AI Dadawala, BS Chandel, HC Chauhan and AG Bhagat (2013). Molecular detection of bovine rotavirus from north Gujarat, India. Ruminant Science 2(2):131-137.


Seventy six faecal samples were collected from diarrhoeic bovine calves up to 4 weeks of age to find out the prevalence of rotavirus associated with neonatal calf diarrhoea. All 76 samples were processed for detection of rotavirus antigen by LAT and rotavirus genome by AGE and RT-PCR. All 76 faecal samples were processed for detection of rotavirus antigens by using latex agglutination test, while agar gel electrophoresis and RT-PCR was employed for the detection of rotavirus genome. Of these, 14 (18.42%), 6(7.89%) and 6(7.89%) were found positive in LAT, AGE and RT-PCR, respectively.


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3-Title: Clinico-pathology of sheep pox disease in Himachal Pradesh, India

Authors: Rinku Sharma, RD Patil, HA Parimoo, D Thakur and VC Katoch

Source: Ruminant Science (2013)-2(2):127-130.

How to cite this manuscript: Sharma Rinku, Patil RD, Parimoo HA, Thakur D and Katoch VC (2013). Clinico-pathology of sheep pox disease in Himachal Pradesh, India. Ruminant Science 2(2):127-130.


This communication presents the clinico-epidemiological observations and detailed gross and histopathology of sheep pox disease outbreak in Himachal Pradesh state of India. Grossly, multisystemic nodular lesions, mucopurulent nasal discharges and respiratory distress were observed in the affected animals. Specific histopathological features like hyperplasia of epithelial cells, hydropic degeneration and sheep pox cells with presence of intracytoplasmic eosinophilic inclusion bodies around blood vessels in dermis of skin were observed. The disease was confirmed on the basis of characteristic gross pathology and pathognomonic histopathological lesions. Sheep pox is an emerging viral disease in the region and efforts need to be diverted towards its control, thereby preventing economic losses to the farmers.


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2-Title: Experimental study to control the abscess disease in Najdi sheep at Qassim region of Saudi Arabia

Authors: KB Al-Harbi, MA Al-Dubaib and OM Mahmoud

Source: Ruminant Science (2013)-2(2):123-126.

How to cite this manuscript: Al-Harbi KB, Al-Dubaib MA and Mahmoud OM (2013). Experimental study to control the abscess disease in Najdi sheep at Qassim region of Saudi Arabia.  Ruminant Science 2(2):123-126.


A program for controlling the abscess disease of sheep, based on vaccination, zinc injection and antiseptic washing, was implemented on a sheep flock comprising 50 Najdi ewes (2-3 years) and 3 breeding rams. The animals in the flock were vaccinated with a bacterin (GlanvacTM) and washed with Dettol antiseptic at its standard dilution (1/125) every 6 months. They were also injected subcutaneously with 5 mg/kg bodyweight zinc as zinc oxide suspended in olive oil, once annually. The ewes in the main flock were allowed to breed freely and the born F1 generation of lambs (n=20) joined the control program at the age of 3-4 months. The ewes and the lambs were monitored for abscess development and for general health for two years. In the first year, two vaccinated ewes developed abscesses on the head with incidence of 3.8% (2/53). Two non-vaccinated lambs developed abscesses at the age of 3 months before joining the control program. The program was continued on the parent stock ewes and their F1 generation lambs for a second year. The incidence of abscesses was 0% for both dams and lambs in the second year.  The F1 generation reached maturity and was bred to produce F2 generation of lambs (n=8) that also joined the control grogram at the age of 3-4 months. The F2 generation of lambs remained free of abscesses until the age of 5 months, the time when the experiment time expired. The results show that the program is highly effective in the control of sheep abscess disease as from the second year of its implementation.


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