pISSN:1309 - 6958       eISSN:2146 - 1953
2013, Cilt 29, Sayı 2, Sayfa(lar) 103-105
Helminthosis of rural poultry in Quetta, Pakistan
Faizullah1, Sher Ahmed2, Shakeel Babar1, Syed Khurram Fareed1, Muhammad Azam Kakar3, Ziaulhaq2, Saadullah Jan1
1Center for Advanced Studies in Vaccinology and Biotechnology, University of Balochistan, Quetta
2Federal Government Degree College, Madrissa Road, Quetta
3Faculty of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lasbella University of Agriculture, Water and Marine Sciences, Uthal, Pakistan
Keywords: Helminth, rural poultry, Pakistan
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Helminth parasites were studied in 120 rural chickens in Quetta, showing overall infection to be 75.8%. Prevalence was higher in winter (81.6%) than in summer (70%). Five cestodes were found, i.e., Raillietina tetragona (48.3%), followed by Choanotaenia spp. (20%), R. echinobothrida (19.2%), Cotugnia spp. (1.7%) and R. cesticillus (0.8%). The nematode, Ascaridia galli was more prevalent (10.8%) than Allodapa suctoria (0.8%). Infection of one host with single species of helminth was seen at most occasions (53.3%), followed by double, triple and quadruple infections (20, 1.7 and 0.8%), respectively. Mixed infection with both nematodes and cestodes was seen in 5.8% of chickens. In conclusion, anthelmintic treatments should be done routinely in the rural poultry.