The Correct Handling of Faecal Samples Used for Examination of Dictyocaulus viviparus Larvae

  • H. J. W. M. Cremers
Part of the Current Topics in Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science book series (CTVM, volume 9)


Faecal samples for examination for larvae of Dictyocaulus viviparus were stored in plastic bags at room temperature and at 4–6°C. Larvae were collected by the Baermann method at varying times after collection and storage. After one day of storage at room temperature there was a marked decrease in the number of larvae recovered by the Baermann method. However, many larvae were found on the wall of the plastic bag and not in the faeces.

It is concluded that the faeces to be used for examination for Dictyocaulus larvae should be stored in a refrigerator when storage for more than one day is necessary.


Faecal Sample Veterinary Parasitology Large Individual Variation Grazing History Larva Collection 
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© ECSC, EEC, EAEC, Brussels-Luxembourg 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • H. J. W. M. Cremers
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  1. 1.Institute of Veterinary Parasitology and Parasitic DiseasesState UniversityUtrechtThe Netherlands

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