Original Investigations

Zeitschrift für Parasitenkunde

, Volume 72, Issue 6, pp 821-825

Gastro-intestinal helminths of donkeys in Burkina Faso

  • J. VercruysseAffiliated withDienst Parasitologie, Faculteit Diergeneeskunde
  • , E. A. HarrisAffiliated withDepartment of Zoology, British Museum (Natural History)
  • , Y. Y. KaboretAffiliated withDepartement de Parasitologie, Ecole Inter Etats des Sciences et Médecine Vétérinaire
  • , L. J. PanguiAffiliated withDepartement de Parasitologie, Ecole Inter Etats des Sciences et Médecine Vétérinaire
  • , D. I. GibsonAffiliated withDepartment of Zoology, British Museum (Natural History)

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Abstract

Thirty adult donkeys from Burkina Faso were necropsied and their gastro-intestinal worm burdens counted and determined. The strongylids were the most abundant species with a prevalence of 100% forStrongylus vulgaris. Four species ofStrongylus, two ofTriodontophorus and six of the Cyathostominae were recovered. All of the animals were also infested with habronematid nematodes, but oxyurid and ascaridid nematodes were found in low numbers. In addition to the nematodes, the paramphistomid trematodeGastrodiscus aegyptiacus and the anoplocephalid cestodeAnoplocephala magna occurred in varying numbers. Faecal egg-counts from 131 donkeys ranged between 100 and 9,200 for strongylid eggs.