Journal of Pure and Applied MicrobiologyVol. 4 No. 2

Prevalence of Listeria monocytogenes in Organised Sheep Farms of Kashmir

Jaffar Sharif¹, M.M. Willayat¹, G.N. Sheikh², S.S. Roy¹ and S. Altaf¹

¹Division of Veterinary Public Health, F.V.SC & A.H. SKUAST K Shuhama Srinagar - 190 001, India. ²Division of Veterinary Epidemiology & Preventive Medicine, SKUAST K Shuhama Srinagar - 190 001 India.

Received on 08 April 2010 and accepted on 10 May 2010

 

ABSTRACT

Listeria monocytogenes was isolated from five cases of abortions/stillbirths out of a total of twenty seven in organized sheep farms of Kashmir valley. Out of a total five isolates recovered, three were isolated from only brain tissues, two from both brain and livers . All the isolates produced marked degree of beta haemolysis on 10 per cent sheep blood agar plates in 24-36 hr. The 18 hr old broth culture produced kerato-conjuctivitis and monocytosis in healthy rabbits within 2- 6 days on intra-occular instillation.

Keywords : Listeria monocytogenes, Sheep farms, Abortion, Still births.