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Detection of anthelmintic resistance in sheep and goat against fenbendazole by faecal egg count reduction test

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Anthelmintic resistance against commonly used anthelmintic fenbendazole was evaluated by employing faecal egg count reduction test (FECRT) in naturally occurring gastrointestinal (GI) nematodes in the semi organized sheep and goat farms of Ludhiana and Amritsar districts. A total of 80 animals (20 each for sheep and goat in both districts) were randomly selected and their faecal samples were examined by qualitative and quantitative parasitological techniques. Results indicate presence of high level of resistance against fenbendazole in both sheep and goat population of Ludhiana and Amritsar districts. More resistance was observed in the GI nematodes from animals reared in Amritsar district as compared to Ludhiana district. The level of anthelmintic resistance observed was apparently more in sheep than goats.

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The authors acknowledge the funds provided under the scheme Rashtriya Krishi Vigyan Yojna, (RKVY7:D-1) ‘Epidemiology of gastrointestinal parasitic infections in relation to anthelmintic resistance in sheep and goats in Punjab state’.

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Singh, R., Bal, M.S., Singla, L.D. et al. Detection of anthelmintic resistance in sheep and goat against fenbendazole by faecal egg count reduction test. J Parasit Dis 41, 463–466 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12639-016-0828-8

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Keywords

  • Anthelmintic resistance
  • Sheep
  • Goats
  • Fenbendazole
  • FECRT
  • Punjab