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Epidemiology of paramphistomosis in sheep and goats in Jammu, India

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Epidemiology of paramphistomosis in sheep and goats was studied using field and abattoir samples at Jammu, India. Abattoir examination revealed that 36.2 % of sheep and 30.9 % of goats were positive for paramphistomosis. The mean worm counts (±SEM) were 23.5 ± 5.7 in sheep and 19.9 ± 3.5 in goats. On coprological examination, 16.3 % of sheep and 13.6 % of goats were found positive for paramphistomosis. The mean egg counts (±SEM) were 4.4 ± 2.6 in sheep and 3.6 ± 2.1 in goats. Season was found to have a significant (p < 0.05) influence on the prevalence of paramphistomosis. A higher percentage of animals were found positive in rainy and post-rainy seasons as compared with summer and winter seasons. The distributions of eggs and adult flukes were significantly (p < 0.01) different among seasons. The prevalences observed according to age and sex of sheep and goats were not significant. The study conclude that the late summer months are major risk period for paramphistomosis in the pasture grazing sheep and goats and the administration of an efficient anthelmintic in May–June and September–October should be strongly recommended to reduce the infection and minimise the perpetuating financial losses to animal owners in the region.

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Godara, R., Katoch, R., Yadav, A. et al. Epidemiology of paramphistomosis in sheep and goats in Jammu, India. J Parasit Dis 38, 423–428 (2014). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12639-013-0264-y

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Keywords

  • Egg counts
  • Epidemiology
  • Paramphistomosis
  • Sheep and goats
  • Worm burden