Dynamics, awareness and prevalence of gastrointestinal helminths of donkeys (Equus asinus) in Faisalabad
By: Rizwan Rasool, Hafiz Abubaker Saddiqi, Bilal Rasool
Key Words: Prevalence, awareness, donkeys, gastrointestinal helminthes.
J. Bio. Env. Sci. 9(6), 54-63, December 2016.
Out of 284 faecal samples, 81% were found to have gastro-intestinal parasites frequently with multiple infections in one donkey. Ten gastrointestinal helminthes species were identified in the fecal samples of donkeys directly collected from rectum. Ascaris sp., Strongylus sp., Trichomenna sp., Paranoplocephala sp., Triodontophorus sp., Anoplocephala sp., Gastrodiscus sp., Strongyloides sp., Oxyuris sp. and Dictyocaulus sp. were reported genera of helminthes. Majority of examined fecal samples showed mix infection and Ascaris nematode was in high number (P < 0.05) then in descending order Trichonemma sp. and Strongylus sp. However, Paranoplocephala species, Oxyuris species and Anoplocephala species were in low percentage. Awareness level was found more in urban area than rural area as literacy rate was also higher in the urban owners than rural donkey owners. Rural locations showed more helminthes level than urban. 208 RB showed highest infection percentage while 209 RB was with lowest infection percentage.