Activity of Mycoplasma synoviae in Commercial Chickens in Ghana: Serological Evidence

Ayim-Akonor Matilda, Andoh Aurelia Linda, Arthur Cornelius, Kortei Nii Korley, Toah Akonor Paa


A total of 390 chicken sera were collected from respiratory disease free broilers, breeders and layers in the Ga-East district of Ghana and tested for Mycoplasma synoviae (MS) antibodies using commercial enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) kit from IDEXX Inc. USA.  The overall sero-prevalence of MS was obtained to be 46.2%. The sero-prevalence among breeders and broilers were 0% each. MS sero-prevalence among layers ranged between 60% -85% and differed significantly among different ages (p< 0.05).  The overall MS sero-prevalence among layers was 75%. It is concluded that Mycoplasma synoviae circulate in layer farms in the district. Layer birds at peak production age are at higher risk of infection.

Keywords: Mycoplasma synoviae, chicken, Sero-prevalence, Ghana

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