Parasitology Research

, Volume 101, Issue 5, pp 1435–1437 | Cite as

The reproduction of Eimeria flavescens and Eimeria intestinalis in suckling rabbits

  • Michal PakandlEmail author
  • Lenka Hlásková
Short Communication


Suckling rabbits from six litters were orally inoculated at various ages with oocysts of Eimeria flavescens or Eimeria intestinalis. The total number of oocysts in the ceca served to estimate parasite reproduction. The rabbits at 14 and 16 days old remained uninfected, and in 19-day-old animals, low or no oocyst shedding was observed. All the older rabbits were infected and the number of oocysts in the ceca increased with the age of animals at inoculation. The dependence of oocyst production on the age of inoculated rabbits was similar in both coccidian species.


Magnesium Sulfate Original Strain Coccidiosis Cecal Content Young Rabbit 
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The experiments performed on the animals were officially permitted and complied with the current laws of the Czech Republic. This work was supported by a grant of the Czech Science Foundation (grant no. 524/05/2328) and the Institute of Parasitology (Z60220518). We thank Mrs. Marie Kreimová for technical assistance.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Biology Centre of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic Institute of ParasitologyČeské BudějoviceCzech Republic

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