, Volume 110, Issue 1, pp 251-258
Date: 07 Jun 2011

Coccidiosis of domestic rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) in Egypt: light microscopic study

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Abstract

In the present study, the incidence and prevalence of coccidian infection among domestic rabbits in Egypt were investigated. Severe overall prevalence reaching 70% (70/100) was recorded. Eight species of Eimeria were detected. Mixed infection with three different species occurred most frequently. Eimeria intestinalis and Eimeria coecicola were generally the most predominant species. The complete life cycle of E. intestinalis was investigated. This study is the first to report coccidia in domestic rabbits in Egypt. Six species of Eimeria were reported for the first time.