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Survey for Gastrointestinal Parasites of Pigs in Maiduguri Borno State, Nigeria

Y. M. Lekko I. D. Kwoji J. J. Gadzama K. U. Ezema M. Mishara
Vol 8(2), 65-70

Gastrointestinal helminthes parasite infection is a major militating factor against profitable animal production worldwide. Faecal sample survey of gastrointestinal parasites was conducted in three (3) different farms using saturated sodium chloride floatation and sedimentation technique to determine ova/oocyst of parasites and parasites that harbours the gastrointestinal tract of pigs. In farm A, 30 fecal samples were collected with only 5 eggs of Ascaris suum as positive, farm B 38 fecal samples were collected and all samples were negative while in farm C 36 fecal samples were collected, only 1 egg of Ascaris suum was positive. Out of 104 samples collected from all the three farms, only six (6) eggs of Ascaris suum was found, with highest prevalence in farm A as 16.7% while zero prevalence in farm B and 2.8% prevalence in farm C. The overall Prevalence rate is 5.8% in the three farms. Ascaris suum are among the common gastrointestinal parasites of pigs found in Maiduguri and Pigs kept in dry environment under intensive system do not easily get infected with gastrointestinal parasites.

Keywords : Ascaris suum Gastrointestinal Parasites Prevalence Pig

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