Causes and Flock Level Risk Factors of Sheep and Goat Abortion in Three Agroecology Zones in Ethiopia.

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Publisher: Frontiers Research Foundation
Document Type: Survey
Length: 418 words
Lexile Measure: 1590L

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Author(s): Gezahegn Alemayehu, Gezahegne Mamo, Biruk Alemu, Hiwot Desta, Biniam Tadesse, Teferi Benti, Adane Bahiru, Muhabaw Yimana, Barbara Wieland

A cross-sectional survey was conducted to estimate the incidence of small ruminant abortion and identify its major causes and potential risk factors in goat and sheep flocks in three agroecology and production systems of Ethiopia. Information on pregnancy outcomes and management risk factors were collected for 299 goat and 242 sheep flocks. Blood samples were collected from 133 sheep and 90 goat flocks and tested for <italic>Coxiella burnetii, Brucella</italic> spp., <italic>Chlamydia abortus</italic>, and <italic>Toxoplasma gondii</italic>. A causal diagram outlined relationships between potential predictor variables and...

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Gale Document Number: GALE|A650102170