Aim: The present study was planned with an aim to access the incidence of
Peste des petits ruminants (PPR) in nomadic sheep and goat of Jammu region of
Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) state of India.
Materials and Methods: A total of
34 nasal swabs (13 sheep and 21 goats) samples of 13 flocks suspected for PPR
infection were screened for presence of PPR virus antigen by PPR sandwich-ELISA
kit. Results: The overall incidence of PPR by sandwich ELISA was observed
to be 55.55%, with higher incidence in goats (66.66%) than in sheep (35.71%).
Location wise incidence of PPR ranged between 33.33-100%. The overall age wise
incidence of PPR was highest in young animals of 0-6 months (83.33%), followed
by 6-12 months (66.66%) and lowest in adults of >12 months (31.35 %). Whereas
month wise incidence of PPR was highest in the month of February.
In nut shell it can be concluded that PPR is fairly prevalent in nomadic sheep
and goats of Jammu region of J&K state with the evidences of natural
transmission of PPR.
Keywords: goat, incidence, nomadic, Peste des petits
ruminants (PPR), sheep.