In the current study, feacal samples collected from the rectum of slaughtered cattle were analyzed using the standard floatation technique (saturated sodium chloride) to recover the ova from the feacal samples in order to determine the prevalence of fasciolopsis among cattle slaughtered at the Eke Market abattoir in Afikpo, Ebonyi State, Nigeria. The liver and other organs of the slaughtered cattle were also tested for Fasciola species post mortem. Between May 2011 and April 2012, 93 (37.89%) of the 256 cattle slaughtered at the Eke Market abattoir tested positive for F. hepatica, while 60 (23.44%) tested negative. contaminated with F. gigantica The prevalence of fasciolopsis on the livers and other organs examined during post mortem examination in this study was 66(25.78%) for F. hepatica and 42(16.41%) for F. gigantica. F. hepatica was the most common fasciolopsis infection in the study area. Balantidium coli infection was found in 46 percent of the cattle sampled (17.97 percent ). Because of the high prevalence of fasciolopsis in the study area, veterinary and health officers should inspect meat slaughtered at the Eke Market before making it available to the public for consumption. A range land devoid of freshwater snails (the intermediate hosts) of Fasci should be provided for cattle headsmen. A range land devoid of freshwater snails (the intermediate hosts of Fasciola infections) should be provided.
Author (s) Details
Ngele, Kalu Kalu
Department of Biology, Microbiology and Biotechnology, Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu Alike Ikwo, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, Nigeria.
Department of Science Laboratory Management, School of Science, Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic, Unwana, Ebonyi State, Nigeria.
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