PREVALENCE AND ASSOCIATED HOST FACTORS OF CAPRINE AND OVINE SCHISTOSOMOSIS IN PUNJAB, INDIA
Title: PREVALENCE AND ASSOCIATED HOST FACTORS OF CAPRINE AND OVINE SCHISTOSOMOSIS IN PUNJAB, INDIA
Authors: PD Pawar, LD Singla, Paramjit Kaur and MS Bal
Source: Ruminant Science (2018)-7(2):261-264.
Cite this reference as: Pawar PD, Singla LD, Kaur Paramjit and Bal MS (2018). Prevalence and associated host factors of caprine and ovine schistosomosis in Punjab, India. Ruminant Science 7(2):261-264.
Present study was conducted to determine prevalence and potential host-related risk factors of ovine and caprine schistosomosis from Barnala district of Punjab state. Sheep had significantly (P<0.01) higher infection rate (35.00%) than goats (9.75%). Ten per cent formalin fixed faecal samples were analysed by concentration qualitative technique. Morphological and micrometric studies revealed the presence of only Schistosoma indicum ova in the present study. An association of S. indicum infection with poorer body condition score was observed in sheep as well as in goats. Overall Schistosoma infection was apparently higher in males (40.00%) than females (21.05%). The deworming and managemental aid could be worthwhile to reduce the impact of S. indicum infection in small ruminants.
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