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Rabies in Northern Kerala among Dogs, Cats, Cattle and Goats

Naik Madhura, Ajith Jacob George, R.Anoopraj, H.B.Vidyarani, Nikhil Sanjay Rao, Bedre Sumanth, K.S.Prasanna, M.Pradeep, Hamza Palekkodan, C.Sunanda, M.Kavya and T.L.Krupa

Department of Veterinary Pathology, College of Veterinary and Animal sciences, KVASU, Pookode, Wayanad 673576, Kerala

Published in the Indian Veterinary Journal May 2019 : 96 (5) - pages 73 to 75
(Received: December, 2018, Accepted: January, 2019)


The objective of this study was to identify variability of rabies in different species, sex, month and districts of northern Kerala. Data collected from 277 animal cases presented for necropsy for diagnosis of rabies to the Department of Veterinary Pathology at College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Pookode from the month of January 2015 to April 2018. Impression smears from the hippocampus of canine and feline and cerebellum and brain stem from ruminants were taken and subjected to uorescent antibody technique or Seller’s staining. Highest number of positivecases were reported from canines (55.6 per cent) followed by caprine (27.3 per cent), bovines (26.7 per cent), and felines (24.5 per cent). Highest positivity for rabies was noticed in the month of July in dogs and in the year 2017. Highest number of cases were reported from Wayanad district followed by Calicut, Kannur and Malappuram district.

Key Words: Rabies incidence north Kerala – Livestock.

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