Open Veterinary Journal

Open Veterinary Journal

Peer-Reviewed Journal 
ISSN 2218-6050 (Online), ISSN 2226-4485 (Print) 

Seroprevalence of Schmallenberg virus and other Simbu group viruses among the Lebanese sheep

Alain Abi-Rizk(1,*), Tony Kanaan(1) and Jeanne El Hage(1,2,3)

Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK), P.O.Box 446, Jounieh, Lebanon

Lebanese Agricultural Research Institute, Fanar, Bekaa P.O. Box 287, Lebanon

Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, 75014 Paris, France



In order to evaluate for the first time, the serological prevalence of Schmallenberg virus (SBV) and other Simbu group viruses in Lebanon, sheep originating from 15 Lebanese regions were sampled in September 2016. A total number of 750 serum samples from Awassi sheep were tested by ELISA for viral nucleoprotein antibodies. From the sampled animals, 122 animals were seropositive to SBV/Simbu group viruses. The seropositive sheep were mainly located in South Lebanon. At herd level, a seroprevalence of 53.33% was recorded in the Seven Lebanese governorates, whereas the animal level seroprevalence was 16.26%. The seroprevalence was negative in Mount-Lebanon. Despite that there was some serological evidence showed the presence of some Simbu group viruses in the Middle East, no study was done in Lebanon. In this study, we report for the first time the prevalence of SBV and other Simbu group viruses in Lebanon.

Keywords: Lebanon, SBV, Schmallenberg virus, Sheep, Simbu group viruses.


Cite this paper:

Abi-Rizk, A., Kanaan, T. and El Hage, J. 2017. Seroprevalence of Schmallenberg virus and other Simbu group viruses among the Lebanese sheep. Open Vet. J. 7(3), 290-293.