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Title: Epidemiological survey of peste des petits ruminants in Ethiopia: Cattle as potential sentinel for surveillance

item Agga, Getahun
item RABOISSON, DIDIER - University Of Toulouse
item WALCH, LUDOVIC - University Of Toulouse
item ALEMAYEHU, FITSUM - Addis Ababa University
item SEMU, DAWIT - Addis Ababa University
item BAHIRU, GETAHUN - Addis Ababa University
item WOUBE, YILKAL - Tuskegee University
item BELIHU, KELAY - Food And Agriculture Organization Of The United Nations (FAO)
item TEKOLA, BERHE - Food And Agriculture Organization Of The United Nations-European Commission For The Control Of Foot
item BEKANA, MERGA - Addis Ababa University
item ROGER, FRANCOIS - Cirad, France
item WARET-SZKUTA, AGNES - University Of Toulouse

Submitted to: Frontiers in Veterinary Science
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 8/27/2019
Publication Date: 9/12/2019
Citation: Agga, G.E., Raboisson, D., Walch, L., Alemayehu, F., Semu, D.T., Bahiru, G., Woube, Y.A., Belihu, K., Tekola, B.G., Bekana, M., Roger, F., Waret-Szkuta, A. 2019. Epidemiological survey of peste des petits ruminants in Ethiopia: Cattle as potential sentinel for surveillance. Frontiers in Veterinary Science. 6:302.

Interpretive Summary: Peste des petits ruminants (PPR) also known as ‘goat plague’, is a viral disease of goats and sheep characterized by fever, sores in the mouth, diarrhea, pneumonia, and sometimes death. The causative virus is related to the viruses that cause rinderpest (cattle plague), measles and canine distemper. Cattle and several wild ruminants have been infected most often experimentally, but goats and sheep are the usual targets. The disease is considered a priority for global eradication campaign by international organizations following its emergence in previously disease-free countries and its re-emergence in countries where it was once controlled. Here we report a field investigation in Ethiopia highlighting the potential of cattle to serve as sentinel animals for the surveillance of the disease in other animals.

Technical Abstract: Peste des petits ruminants (PPR) is a highly contagious viral disease of small ruminants; it emerged in countries previously free of the disease following the eradication of rinderpest. PPR is classified by international organizations as the next priority animal disease for global eradication campaign. Assessment of the local situations is the first step in the eradication efforts. The objective of this study was to investigate and compare the seroprevalence of PPR in cattle, sheep and goats under two livestock production systems in Ethiopia: North Shewa zone of Amhara region represents a highland sedentary life style characterized by mixed livestock-crop production system; Zone Three of Afar region represents a lowland nomadic life style characterized by pastoral livestock production system and. A N-competitive ELISA PPR test was performed on sera from 2993 animals = 6 months old sampled at watering and grazing points. Multivariable logistic regression models comparing the seropositivity between the two production systems were built by classifying doubtful results as positive, negative or excluding them from the data. The odds ratio (OR) comparing overall PPR seroprevalence in the sedentary North Shewa Zone compared to the nomadic Zone Three ranged from 19 to 27 (P< 0.001), depending on how doubtful results were classified, which contrasts with what has been reported in the literature. This is not likely to be related solely to vaccination, since seroprevalences in cattle and small ruminants were similarly high or low in the respective zones (0-4% for Zone Three and 20-40% for North Shewa Zone), and cattle were not likely to be vaccinated. The OR of seropositivity for goats compared to cattle ranged from 1.9 (95% confidence interval [CI]: 1.3-2.7; P<0.001) to 2.2 (95% CI: 1.5-3.1; P<0.001) when doubtful results were excluded or classified as negative, respectively. When doubtful results were classified as positive, association between seropositivity and animal species was not significant (P>0.05). Our results suggest to further investigate cattle as sentinel animals for PPR surveillance.