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Prevalence of ixodid ticks in dairy animals of Jammu region

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To determine the prevalence of ticks, 960 bovines (cattle 480, buffaloes 480) were examined from organised and unorganised dairy units of Jammu district during March 2012 to February 2013. The overall infestation rate was found to be 42.18 %. The infestation rate in cattle was found to be 47.08 % while 37.29 % of examined buffaloes were infested with ixodid ticks. Among the ixodid ticks, only one species i.e. Rhipicephalus (Boophilus) microplus was recorded. A significantly (p < 0.05) higher prevalence was recorded in monsoon season as compared to other seasons. Agewise, the animals aged <6 months showed the highest prevalence and the lowest was found in animals >1 year of age. Sexwise, the males had higher infestation rate than the females.

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Khajuria, V., Godara, R., Yadav, A. et al. Prevalence of ixodid ticks in dairy animals of Jammu region. J Parasit Dis 39, 418–421 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12639-013-0354-x

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Keywords

  • Buffaloes
  • Cattle
  • Jammu
  • Prevalence
  • Rhipicephalus (Boophilus) microplus