ARDI PEÇULI1*, ANTONIO FASANELLA2, BIZENA BIJO1
1Public Health Department, Agricultural University of Tirana, Tirana, Albania
2Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale of Puglia And Basilicata, Anthrax Reference Centre Of Italy – Foggia, Italy.
Anthrax in Albania is an endemic disease characterized by few outbreaks involving a very low number of animals. 11 strains of Bacillus spp isolated from died animals of different regions of Albania were examined. The analysis revealed that only 8 strains were confirmed as Bacillus anthracis. The analysis of CanSNPs showed that all isolates belong to lineage A major subgroup A Br. 008/009 ( TransEurasian or TEA strains). The MLVA test at 15 loci showed three different genotypes: Albania GT/1, Albania GT / 2 and Albania GT/3.