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Some observations on sheep sarcoptic mange in Tehran province, Iran

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Sarcoptes scabiei infestation was diagnosed in 278 sheep from 12 fatling flocks. The sheep presented crusted skin lesions initially appear on the lips or nostrils, the lesion on nostrils also extend towards around the eyes, the supraorbital fossae and in some cases over entire face. The infested male lambs by mating behavior in fatling flocks caused transmitting the infection to fat tail area and scrutum. Histopathological study of lesions demonstrated marked acanthosis, hyperkeratosis, parakeratosis. Tunnels could be observed in the hyperkeratotic stratum corneum and mite segments were located mainly in the stratum corneum and also in the stratum granulosum. Attempts to eliminate S. scabiei var. ovis were made in 3 naturally infested sheep herds, by two dippings with two weeks interval with Amitraz, Cypermetrin and Prompetamphos. The results of this study indicate that acaricidal treatment of S. scabiei var. ovis in 3 naturally infested herds was successful, but a few cases of reinfestation were found in each treated group.

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We would like to thank the sheep farmers of Tehran province for their collaboration in this work. Appreciation is also given for the assistant of Veterinary Organization. Thanks go to Dr. Farhad Amini for his comments on the manuscript.

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Rahbari, S., Nabian, S. & Bahonar, A.R. Some observations on sheep sarcoptic mange in Tehran province, Iran. Trop Anim Health Prod 41, 397–401 (2009).

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