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Oropeza M.,University Centroccidental Lisandro Alvarado | Dickson L.,Instituto Nacional Of Investigaciones Agropecuarias Inia Lara | Maldonado J.,University Centroccidental Lisandro Alvarado | Kowalski A.,UCLA.Decanato de Agronomia
Zootecnia Tropical | Year: 2010

In order to dismiss Coxiella burnetti as a possible etiologic agent responsible of the high percentage of abortion and kids born weak reported by traditional goat farmers of three sectors of the Trinidad Samuel County of the Torres Municipality of Lara State of Venezuela, samples of 315 animals were taken from a total 924 goats belonging to 7 herds with a history of high percentage of abortions. Samples were analyzed through Elisa Indirect method using IDEXX laboratory kit. Results showed that 191 (60,63%) of samples were seropositive to C. Burnetti. Statical diference (P<0,05) was found for three sector under study, Villa Araure 67,7%; Sabana Grande 68,2% y Los Aranguez. 32,6%. Seropositivity was high if compared to found in literature and could be the cause of abortions and weak kids reported by goat farmers. A more profound study is necessary to determine seroprevalence in goat producing zones of the state.

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