Journal of Parasitic Diseases

, Volume 41, Issue 3, pp 739–746 | Cite as

A study on prevalence and factors associated with ectoparasitism in goats of two agro-climatic regions in India

  • Y. Ajith
  • U. Dimri
  • A. Gopalakrishnan
  • Gopinath Devi
Original Article


The present study was aimed to evaluate the factors associated with prevalence of various ectoparasites among goats during winter season in two different agro-climatic regions of India. A total of 320 goats (Uttarakhand-208; Uttar Pradesh-112) were screened and evaluated for ectoparasitism and associated factors. The occurrence of ectoparasitism in goats was studied in relation with age, sex, breed, housing, agro-climatic region and system of rearing. Prevalence of ectoparasitism among goats of lower Shivalik region (Dehradun and Tehri Garhwal districts) of Uttarakhand and Bareilly district of Uttar Pradesh was 90.38 and 39.29%, respectively. The common ectoparasites observed were chewing lice (Bovicola caprae), sucking lice (Linognathus africanus), fleas (Ctenocephalides felis) and ticks (Haemaphysalis spp.). Among all the ectoparasitic infestation, pediculosis was the most common affection during the study period in both agro-climatic region; chewing lice in Uttarakhand and sucking lice in Uttar Pradesh. Agro-climatic region, breed, immune status, system of rearing and hygiene were highly affecting the prevalence and distribution of ectoparasites among goats. High prevalence of ectoparasitism in the study area warrants the need for formulating appropriate intervention strategies to improve control of ectoparasites and awareness among goat farmers.


Bareilly Critical factors Dehradun Ectoparasite Epidemiology Goat Shivalik region Tehri Garhwal 



This work was funded under SARTHI scheme by Department of Science and Technology (DST), Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India. Authors are sincerely thankful to Animal Husbandry Department, Uttarakhand and Director, ICAR-IVRI, Bareilly for providing all necessary facilities for this study.

Author contributions

All the authors were involved and well contributed during all stages of this research work.

Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Y. Ajith
    • 1
  • U. Dimri
    • 1
  • A. Gopalakrishnan
    • 1
  • Gopinath Devi
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of MedicineIndian Veterinary Research InstituteBareillyIndia

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