Journal of Parasitic Diseases

, Volume 36, Issue 2, pp 256–259 | Cite as

Prevalence of parasitic infections in cattle of Ludhiana district, Punjab

  • N. K. SinghEmail author
  • Harkirat Singh
  • Jyoti
  • M. Haque
  • S. S. Rath
Original Article


A total of 862 cattle were sampled for both haematological (703) and coprological (159) investigations at the Large Animal Clinics, GADVASU, Ludhiana, Punjab, India. Examination of Giemsa-stained peripheral blood smears exhibited that 22.9 % (161/703) of cattle were infected with haematozoa comprising Theileria annulata (14.65 %), Trypanosoma evansi (0.28 %), Babesia bigemina (1.56 %) and Anaplasma marginale (8.53 %) while mixed infection appeared in 2.13 % (15/703) animals. The prevalence of total haemoparasites and A. marginale infections were significantly higher (p < 0.01) in younger animals <1 year of age whereas, T. evansi and A. marginale infections were significantly higher (p < 0.05) in males. Coprological examination revealed that the overall prevalence of gastrointestinal (GI) parasitic infection was 16.98 % (27/159). Among the revealed parasites, amphistomes, Fasciola spp., Eimeria spp., Balantidium coli, strongyles and Trichuris spp. were detected from 3.77, 1.88, 3.77, 2.52, 10.69 and 1.26 % of examined animals. Except coccidiosis, there was no significant variation of GI parasitic infections in relation to sex as Eimeria spp. were found higher (p < 0.01) in males. The prevalence of Trichuris spp. was significantly higher (p < 0.05) in younger animals <6 months of age. The present work emphasized that strongyles and T. annulata were the most prevalent GI and haemoparasites, respectively.


Cattle Gastrointestinal parasites Haematozoa Punjab 



The authors are thankful to The Director of Research, GADVASU, Ludhiana for providing facilities to carry out the research work. The authors are also thankful to the Head, Teaching Veterinary Clinical Services Complex, GADVASU, Ludhiana for his support.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • N. K. Singh
    • 1
    Email author
  • Harkirat Singh
    • 1
  • Jyoti
    • 1
  • M. Haque
    • 1
  • S. S. Rath
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Veterinary Parasitology, College of Veterinary ScienceGuru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences UniversityLudhianaIndia

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