Levels of Some Trace Elements and Rheumatoid Factor in Sheep with Brucellosis

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Abstract

ABSTRACT

Brucellosis is a zoonotic disease that is encountered in sheep rather frequently. In this study, 100 sheep diagnosed with brucellosis that had aborts and 40 healthy sheep were used as materials. Analyses for Cu, Zn, Fe, Cr, Ca, Mg, and K were performed with the atomic absorption spectrophotometric method on blood collected from vena jugularis of all the sheep and rheumatoid factor levels were determined by the nephelometry method. Although it was found that Cu, Ca, and rheumatoid factor values in the sera of the sheep with brucellosis were high when compared to the control group (p < 0.001, p < 0.05, p < 0.001, respectively), their serum Zn values were low (p < 0.05). No significant changes in serum Cr, Fe, K, and Mg levels were found.

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