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Title: Diagnosis of Canine Rabies by the Direct Fluorescent Antibody Technique in Plateau State, Nigeria
Authors: Ehizibolo, D.O
Ogunsan, E.A
Muhammad, M.J
Nwosuh, C.I
Olaleye, S
Chukwu, O.O.C
Sugun, M.Y
Sati, N.M
Waziri, N.E
Egwu, O.K
Kamani, J
Meseko, C.A
Idachaba, S.E
Dogo, G.I
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: Nigerian Veterinary Journal
Series/Report no.: Vol.29;No.2;Pp 20-24
Abstract: One hundred and eighty-nine (189) dog brain specimens submitted to the National Veterinary Research Institute (NVRI), Vom, for rabies diagnosis were tested by the direct fluorescent antibody test (DFA). One hundred and fifteen (60.8%) specimens tested positive. The incidence rates of rabies in female dogs tested (63.6%) was not significantly higher (p>0.05) than the males (58.4%). The age specific incidences for dogs less than and above 6 months old were 55.% and 61.9% respectively. The difference was however not statistically significant (p>0.05). The results of this study showed a higher incidence of rabies in the months of June to July, and October to December. This current finding is suggestive of a public health risk of the area studied and calls for surveillance, public enlightenment, adequate vaccination coverage and control of stray and free-roaming dogs. The pre-exposure immunization of people at high risk,and collaboration of all stakeholders to ensure effective control of the disease is also advocated.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/684
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