Seasonal Prevalence of Gastrointestinal Parasites of Small Ruminants in YSR Kadapa District of Andhra Pradesh, Indiash, India
Sirigireddy Sivajothi Bhavanam Sudhakara Reddy
Vol 8(1), 184-189
Present communication reports about the seasonal prevalence of various gastrointestinal parasites of small ruminants in YSR Kadapa District of Andhra Pradesh, India. Out of 1032 dung samples of sheep and goats included in the study, 942 were found positive for different gastrointestinal parasites with an overall prevalence rate of 91.27 %. Of the various parasitic infections, the maximum infection was of Haemonchus contortus (43.70 %) followed by Eimeria spp. (15.40 %), Paramphistomum spp. (8.91 %), Trichuris spp. (8.72 %), Strongyloides spp. (4.16 %), Fasciola gigantica (4.16 %) and Moniezia expansa (3.39 %). An overall prevalence of parasitic infection in sheep was 85.91 % and in goat was 94.09 %. Highest parasitic infection was recorded in the winter season (96.8 %, 976.0 %) followed by rainy (82.2 %, 94.7 %) and summer season (77.5 %, 90.0 %) in sheep and goats respectively. Sex wise prevalence of the parasitic infection was 92.89 % in females and it was 86.42% in male animals.
Keywords : Gastrointestinal Goats Sheep Parasites Seasonal
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