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12. Gastrointestinal parasitic infections in organized cattle farms of Meghalaya - R. Laha, M. Das

and A. Goswami
Vet World. 2013; 6(2): 109-112

Aim: To know the gastrointestinal parasitic infections in cattle of Meghalaya, India.

Materials and Methods: A total of 676 faecal samples of cattle were collected for a period of two years from different organized cattle farms of Meghalaya for detection of gastrointestinal parasitic infections, using standard techniques.

Results: Out of 676 faecal samples examined, 191 (28.25%) faecal samples were found positive for gastrointestinal parasitic infections. The eggs of Strongyle spp. were found predominant (65.96 %) followed by Strongyloides spp. (25.13%), Eimeria spp. (17.80%), Trichuris spp. (13.08%), Moniezia spp. (10.47%) and Nematodirus spp.(2.61%). The Nematodirrus spp. was identified as Nematodirus helvetianus, a first report of its kind from cattle of North-Eastern Region of India, particularly from the state Meghalaya. The eggs per gram of faeces in case of nematode parasites were ranged between 50 to 4000 and in case of coccidian infections the range of oocysts per gram of faeces (OPG) was between 50 to 1400.

Conclusion: Cattle maintained in organized cattle farms of Meghalaya suffers from GI parasitic infections throughout the year. It is highest during rainy season followed by cool, cold and hot season.

Keywords: cattle, gastrointestinal, Meghalaya, parasite