Open Veterinary Journal

Open Veterinary Journal

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

"Case Report"

Rabies in bovine: First case report of rabies in Al Jabal Al Akhdar, Libya

Monier Sharif(1*), Aiman Arhaiem(1), Osama Giadan(1), Abdulkarim Adam(1), Fawzia Abdalla(1), Abdunaser Dayhum(2) and Mohammed Bengoumi(3)

1- University of Omar Al-Mukhtar, Albeida, Libya

2- Department of Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tripoli, Tripoli, Libya

3- FAO Subregional Office for North Africa, Tunis, Tunisia


Background: Rabies is still one of the most neglected diseases in developing countries. It is endemic to North Africa, although rabies incidence in North Africa is certainly underestimated.

Case Description: On 18 December 2018 in the region of Al-Jabal Al-Akhdar, an eight-month-old calf died after a period of characteristic clinical symptoms of rabies.

This is the first case of rabies in bovine which is confirmed through histopathology in the Laboratory of Veterinary Pathology - Omar Al-Mukhtar University. Microscopic examination revealed clearly encephalitis with the pathognomonic Negri bodies in the cerebellar neurons.

Conclusion: Since the characteristic lesions in histopathology examination are sufficient to confirm the diagnosis and report infected cases, we recommend that the next version of the OIE Terrestrial Manual should be added and clarify that the results of the use of histopathology techniques in the diagnosis of rabies are significant.

Keywords: Rabies, Bovine, Negri bodies, Histopathology, Libya.

Cite this paper:

Sharif, M., Arhaiem, A., Giadan, O., Adam, A., Abdalla, F., Dayhum, A. and Bengoumi, M . 2021. Rabies in bovine: First case report of rabies in Al Jabal Al Akhdar, Libya. Open Vet. J. 11(1), 96-99.