Prevalence of gastrointestinal nematode parasites in mules and donkeys in and around Debre Tabor
Author(s): Wondmnew Taddie
Abstract: A cross sectional study was conducted from November, 2018 to April, 2019 in and around Debre Tabor, South Gondar administrative zone, northwest Ethiopia to identify the major gastrointestinal nematode parasites of donkeys and mules, to estimate prevalence of these parasites and their burden in equines. A total of 384 fecal samples (135 donkeys and 249 mules) were collected randomly for qualitative fecal analyses. In the present study, the overall prevalence of gastrointestinal nematode parasite was 53.38% in equines. The prevalence is 73.33% in donkeys and 42.57% in mules with statistically significant difference (P<0.05) in prevalence. The parasites encountered in the study period were Strongyle species (45.92 and 32.93%), Oxyuris equi (8.88% and 4.82%) and Parascaris equorum (4.44% and 4.82% mixed with Strongyle), in both donkeys and mules, respectively. The prevalence of all identified parasites were statistically significant (P<0.05) between species, age and sex except body condition. The findings of the present study indicated a high prevalence of helminth parasites affecting the health and welfare of equines. Sustainable prevention and control methods should be developed to prevent the burden of gastrointestinal nematodes of equines in and around Debre Tabor.
How to cite this article:
Wondmnew Taddie. Prevalence of gastrointestinal nematode parasites in mules and donkeys in and around Debre Tabor. Int J Vet Sci Anim Husbandry 2016;1(4):15-19.