8th World Congress on Virology
San Antonio, USA
King Faisal University, Saudi Arabia
Title: Serosurveillance of Equine influenza viruses in Saudi Arabia 2014-2015
Biography: Maged Gomaa Hemida
Equine Influenza virus (EIV) is one of the most important viral threats of the family Equidae including horses, donkeys and mules. Despite EIV vaccine application for some equine flocks, many outbreaks still report globally. Little is known about prevalence of EIV in Saudi Arabia. The major goal of the current study was to evaluate the immune status of different horses population across the kingdom for EIV. To achieve our goal, sera were collected from 450 animals across the kingdom including Al-Hasa, Dammam, Jubail, Qatef, Ryiadh and Qasseem. Detection of the EIV antibodies was done by the commercial available EIV-ELISA kits. Our data clearly showing the detection of EIV antibodies in the indicated regions (66%, 45.5%, 14.28%, 44.04%, 80%, and 31.57%) respectively. Detection of EIV in non-vaccinated horses suggesting the exposure of these animals to EIV natural infection. In conclusion, this study clearly showing the high seroprevelance of EIV across the Kingdom furthermore, it will pave the way for further molecular characterization of EIV in the Kingdome. To the best of our knowledge, this is the most recent EIV serosurveillance across the Kingdom.