Prevalence of Moraxella ovis Infection in Goats under the Ladang Angkat Programme,Universiti Putra Malaysia: A Cross-Sectional Study.
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Prevalence of Moraxella ovis Infection in Goats under the Ladang
Angkat Programme,Universiti Putra Malaysia: A Cross-Sectional
Faez Firdaus Jesse Abdullah*, 2,3
Muhammad Abubakar Sadiq,
Konto Mohammed, 1
Eric Lim Teik
Mohd Jefri Mohd Norsidin,2
Abdul Rahman Omar and1
Rao Gopi Naidu.
Department of Veterinary Clinical Studies, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400
UPM Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia.2
Department of Veterinary Pathology and Microbiology, Faculty of
Veterinary Medicine, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia.3
Department of Veterinary
Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Maiduguri, PMB1069,
Borno State, Nigeria.4
Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Parasitology, Faculty of Veterinary
Medicine, University of Maiduguri, PMB1069, Borno State, Nigeria.5
Department of Veterinary Pathology,
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Maiduguri, PMB1069, Borno State, Nigeria.
Abstract: Infectious keratoconjunctivitis (IKC) commonly known as pink eye disease is an
inflammationofthecorneaandtheconjunctivathatarecaused by wide range of
infectiousbacteriathatarehighlycontagiousingoats.The disease is characterized by blepharospasm, epiphora,
corneal opacity and ulceration, and conjunctivitis in both domestic and wild ruminants. The aim of this study
was to determinethe prevalence of Moraxella ovis infections among goats under the Ladang Angkat Program of
University Veterinary Hospital, Universiti Putra Malaysia, by polymerase chain reaction (PCR); and to
ascertain the role of flies as a vector of Moraxella ovis. A cross-sectional study was conducted ona total of sixty
(60) goats from 4 farms with 15 goats from each farm were randomly recruited in this study. Subconjunctival
swab samples were collected using a sterile swab and flies were collected using an NZI flytrap. Both the
subconjunctival swabs and flies samples were cultured on blood agar. A conventional PCR assay targeting the
Moraxella ovis specific 16S rRNA gene was carried out. Eighteen (30.0%) of the subconjunctival swabs samples
were positive for Moraxella ovis. The farm specific prevalence of M.ovis showed that farm A has the prevalence
of 33.33%, farm B 40.0%, farm C 20.0% and 26.67%in farm D. None of the fly samples tested positive for
bothPCR and culture techniques.Improved farmpracticeslike reducing overcrowding of animals to reduce
contact transmission and fly control are recommended for prevention. Prompt isolation and treatment of all
infected animals can reduce transmission rate and spread ofinfestation.
Keywords: Infectious keratoconjunctivitis, Pink eye, prevalence,Moraxella ovis, goats.
Infectious keratoconjunctivitis (IKC) also known as pink eye disease is a term usedto
describethecombinedinflammationofthecorneaandtheconjunctivathatarecaused by a wide range of
infectiousbacteriathatarehighlycontagiousingoats(Schoenian, 2009).Pink eye is a worldwide, highly
contagious disease of considerable economic importance (Giacometti et al., 2002; Njaa and Wilcock, 2013).
Thedisease cause clinical signs such as blepharospasm, epiphora, corneal opacity and ulceration, and
conjunctivitis in both domestic and wild ruminants (Dubay et al., 2000). Usually, there are cloudiness and
redness of the cornea andthe conjunctiva; hence, the name pink eye disease(Tschopp et al., 2005). The eye
discharges areserosanguinous originally and turns to mucopurulent and in severe cases which may culminate in
temporary or permanent blindness(Plummer, 2014).The painful eyes, coupled with bilateral opacity and
ulceration of the eye will lead to loss of body condition, reduced lactation(Abdullah et al., 2013). Loss of
productions are compounded by the cost of keratoconjunctivitis for producers in terms of incurring additional
labour and treatment costs (O’Connor et al., 2012). If steps to control and treat the disease are not taken, it may
spread in the flock and blindness may result and blind animals on range may subsequently die (Smith and
Sherman, 2011). A wide range of etiologic agents are responsible for this disease in goats and they are
Mycoplasma spp (esp. Mycoplasma conjunctivae), Moraxella bovis,Moraxella (Branhamella orNeisseria) ovis,
Colesiota (Rickettsia) conjunctivae,Chlamydophila pecorum, Coxiella burnetii, Listeria monocytogenes and
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Acholeplasma oculi(Smith and Sherman, 2011) and Staphylococcus aureus(Abdullah et al., 2013).Moraxella
ovis infection hasbeen implicated in epizootics of infectious keratoconjunctivitis in domestic sheep and goats
(Dagnall, 1994b). This organism has been reported to be isolated from both healthy sheep and goats and those
with keratoconjunctivitis, with higher occurrence of isolation rate in diseased animals (Dagnall, 1994a).
Various diagnostic laboratories, for many years, have reported the recovery of Moraxella ovis (M. ovis) from
infectious bovine keratoconjunctivitis (IBK) lesions (O’Connor et al., 2012). Moraxella ovis is one of four
species of Gram negative diplococci which constitute the subgenus Branhamella. The same microorganism has
thus been named Neisseria ovis, Moraxella ovis or Branhamella ovis(Elad et al., 1988). Predisposing factors
such as age, breed, season, mechanical irritation (dust, grass, weeds, etc.), host immune response, eye
pigmentation, and concurrent presence of pathogenic bacteria in the environment, strain of the organism
involved and prevalence of flies were believed to influence the prevalence of this disease (Bath et al., 2005;
Snowder et al., 2005; Takele and Zerihun, 2000). There is usually no mortality rate associated with IKC;
however, the morbidity rate can be as high as 80% (Pugliese et al., 2008; Radostits et al., 2007). The aim of this
study was to determine the prevalence of Moraxella ovis infections in goats by polymerase chain reaction
(PCR), under the Ladang Angkat Program of University Veterinary Hospital, Universiti Putra Malaysia; and to
ascertain the role of flies as a vector of Moraxella ovis.
II. Materials And Methods
Four (4) goat farms under the Ladang Angkat Programme of Faculty of VeterinaryMedicine, UPM
were selected randomly for this study. Fifteen (15) goats were then selected randomly from each of the farm and
subconjunctival swab samples were collected using a sterile swab. NZI flytrap wasset
atasuitablelocationonthefarmand trapped flies were harvestedafter2 hours. Theflysamplesw e r e
placedinbetweentwo glassslides andcrushedwithafewdrops of s t e r i l e
saline;andtheresultantmixturewasswabbedwithasterilecottonswab and streakedontoabloodagarplate. Both the
subconjunctival swabs and fly samples were cultured on blood agar. All those isolates that are gram-negative
coccioccurring in pairs, non-motile, oxidase-positive, nitrate positive, indole negative and nonsaccharolytic were
tentatively identified as Moraxella spp. Bacterial DNA extraction was done using DNAzol™ (Invitrogen)kit
according to the manufacturer’s instruction. A conventional PCR assay targeting the Moraxella ovis specific
16S rRNA gene was carried out using oligonucleotide primersOvi16S1F; 5ʹ-
GAACGATGAGTATCCAGCTTGCT-3ʹ and Ovis1849R; 5ʹ-CTCTTTACTTTGGTTAATTATTTTGTTGGA-
3ʹ(Shen et al., 2011). A PCR reactionmaster mix of 50 µL containing 5 µL genomic DNA template, 2 µL (2U)
Taq DNA polymerase,2 µLof 10X top taq PCR buffer, 2 µL of 25 mM MgCl2, 2 µL of 400 µM of each 10x
dNTP and 0.5 µl of each of the primers (10mM) was prepared and ran in a Biorad®
PCRcycling conditions were initial denaturation at 95o
C for 5 minutes, followed by 35 cycles of 95o
C for 30
C for 40 seconds, and 72o
C for 1 minute; and a final extension at 72o
C for 7 minutes before holding
C. The amplified PCR products were analyzed by gel electrophoresis on a 1% agarose gel at 90 V for 30
minutes, stained with Flurosafe® DNA stain and visualized by UV irradiation. The DNA extracted from a pure
culture of Moraxella ovis obtained from the Bacteriology Lab of Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of UPM was
used as the positive control while DNase/RNase free water was used as the negative control in each run of the
Moraxella ovis conventional PCR assay. Data obtained were analyzed by IBMSPSSStatistics20.0software to
calculate the PearsonChi-SquareTesttodetermine (relationship)whether
usedtoseewhethertherewasanysignificantcorrelationbetweentheprevalenceand the number of animals affected by
pink eye diseaseannually.
The PCR detection of M. ovis from subconjunctival swabs showed an overall prevalence of 30.0%.
Farm A accounted for the 8.33% of the overall prevalence; farm B contributed 10.0%, farm C 5.0% while farm
D accounted for 6.67% of the overall prevalence of M. ovis (Fig. 1).
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Fig. 1: the distribution of Prevalence of M.ovis by PCR detection among the 4 farms
The farm specific prevalence of M.ovis among goats by PCR detection revealed that farm A has the prevalence
of 33.33%, farm B 40.0%, farm C 20.0% and farm specific prevalence of 26.67%farm D (Table 1).
Table 1: Distribution of farm-specific prevalence of M. ovis by PCR detection among the 4 farms.
Farm Number Positive (prevalence) Number negative
Farm A 5 (33.33) 10
Farm B 6 (40.0) 9
Farm C 3 (20.0) 12
Farm D 4 (26.67) 15
Total 18 46
= 1.50, df = 3, p = 0.662
Overall only 5 house flies (Musca domestica) were trapped with 3 from farm B and 2 from farm C; no flies were
trapped in either of farms A and D. Although all the swabs from crushed captured flies yielded culture growth
butnone of these samples tested positive for M. ovis specific16S rRNA.
The overall prevalence of M. ovis infection in this study was 30.0%. The animals sampled in this study
were apparently normal, however,Dagnall (1994a)reported the isolation of M. ovis significantly more often from
eyes affected by IKC than from unaffected eyes. The prevalence obtained in this study was slightly similar to
prevalence reported by Akerstedt and Hofshagen (2004)where Moraxella (Branhamella) ovis was isolated from
28% of 85 sampled animals in affected herds and from 10% of the 50 sampled animals in healthy herds. Out of
the overall prevalence farm B contributed 6 (10.0%) the highest among the four farms sampled. The lowest
prevalence of 3 (5.0%) was recorded in farm C. this could be the due to differences in hygiene standards that
varies from one farm to another. This could also be the reason for the variation in the farm specific prevalence
recorded where farm B showed the highest prevalence of 6 (40.0%). The lowest farm specific prevalence of 3
(20.0%) was recorded from farm C. The prevalence obtained in this study was higher as compared to the report
of O’Connor et al. (2012) reported the prevalence of 23% of 77 with the identification of M. ovis in only one of
the IBK-negative eye. This could be attributed to the fact that this study was based cross-sectional design while
their study was based on longitudinal cohort study.The animals sampled in this study are not currently suffering
from IKC. Based on the available records some of the animals sampled in the study have suffered from IKC
hence the detection of M. ovis could be associated the recent occurrence of the disease.From 6 cases of
infectious keratoconjunctivitis (IKC) in 3 mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) and 3 moose (Alces alces), Dubay
et al. (2000) reported the isolation of Moraxella ovis from two mule deer and two moose. In a similar manner,
Dagnall (1994a)reported the isolation of M. ovis significantly more often from eyes affected by IKC than from
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unaffected eyes. Similar result was obtained in another study in which Vaid et al. (2014) reported the isolation
of 3 M. ovisisolates out of the 6 cases of IKC in sheep that were randomly sampled. Although flies, especially
the Musca spp, face fly (Musca autumnalis) and the house fly (Musca domestica), were believed to play a
significant role in the transmission of this disease,M. ovis was not detected in any of the fly samples in this
study. Transmission of this organismis by direct contact, nasal and ocular discharges, and most commonly by
the face fly (Musca autumnalis) and hence control of fliesis the general approach to IKC prevention (Snowder et
al., 2005). Overall only 5 flies were trapped in this study with 3 of which were from farm B and 2 from farm C;
no flies were trapped in either of farms A and D. Apparently farm B which has the highest prevalence of 6
(40.0%) was the farm that has the highest number of flies trapped, however that was not statistically significant.
The absence of flies from farms A and D and the lower number of flies trapped in this study could be attributed
to the improved hygiene standard of the farms under the Ladang Angkat Program of University Veterinary
Hospital, Universiti Putra Malaysia. It can be concluded that the overall prevalence of M. ovis infections among
goats in farms under the Ladang Angkat Program of University Veterinary Hospital, Universiti Putra Malaysia
is 30%. The farm specific prevalence vary from 5 (33.33%) in farm A, farm B 6 (40.0%), farm C 3 (20.0%) and
4 (26.67%) in farm D. M. ovis specific 16S rRNA was not detected from the 5 fly samples obtained from two
farms out of the four. Improved farm sanitation with focus on reducing overcrowding of animals to reduce
contact and fly control and repellant measures are recommended for prevention. Prompt isolation and treatment
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