Coccidial infections of goats in Selangor, Peninsular Malaysia
Abu, Jalila and Dorny, Pierre and Abdullah Sani, Rehana and Salim, Nadzri and Vercruysse, Jozef (1998) Coccidial infections of goats in Selangor, Peninsular Malaysia. Veterinary Parasitology, 74 (2-4). pp. 165-172. ISSN 0304-4017
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0304-4017(97)00133-7
Coccidial infections were studied in goats in the state of Selangor (peninsular Malaysia) during a 12-month period. The study included 10 smallholder farms on which kids were monitored for faecal oocyst counts from birth until 1-year old. Eimeria oocysts were found in 725 (89%) of 815 faecal samples examined. Nine species of Eimeria were identified. The most prevalent were E. arloingi, found in 71% of the samples, E. ninakohlyakimovae (67%), E. christenseni (63%) and E. alijevi (61%). The other species found were, E. hirci, E. jolchijevi, E. caprovina, E. caprina and E. pallida, present in 34, 22 12, 9 and 4% of the samples, respectively. Oocyst counts were significantly higher in animals of less than 4-months old (P < 0.05). High oocyst counts were mainly caused by non-pathogenic species. Poor hygienic conditions were found to be associated with a higher intensity of coccidial infections. Mortality rates in kids could not be related to the intensity of coccidial infections.
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