in the milk of reared sheep and goats from Isfahan and Shahrekord regions, Iran.
A total of 225 milk samples (sheep = 125; goat = 100) were collected from Isfahan and Shahrekord regions, Central Iran. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) was used to detect the presence of B. melitensis
in the milk following standard procedures.
From 225 milk samples, 20 (8.9 %) were positive for B. melitensis
. Out of 125 sheep milk, 12 (9.6 %) had B. melitensis
, and of these, 8 (66.6 %) were milk collected from Shahrekord and 4 (33.3 %) from Isfahan region. On the other hand, out of 100 goat milk samples, 18 (18 %) were positive for B. melitensis
, out of which 10 (55.5 %) were from Shahrekord and 8 (44.4 %) from Isfahan.
The findings show that B. melitensis
is present in a significant proportion of caprine and ovine milk in a section of Iran.