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Greener Journal of  Biological Sciences Vol. 4 (4), pp. 128-134, May 2014.

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Research Paper

Manuscript Number: 0519014240

 

A Survey of Gastrointestinal Parasitic Helminths of Bovine Slaughtered in Abattoir, Wudil Local Government Area, Kano State, Nigeria

 

Yahaya A.*1 and Tyav Y. B.2

 

1, 2Department of Biology, Faculty of Science and Science Education,

Kano University of Science and Technology, Wudil. P. M. B. 3244 Kano State, Nigeria.

 2Email: yakhfa3 @ yahoo. comTelephone: +2347032343371

 

*Corresponding Author’s Email: yahayabdul @ yahoo. com,

Telephone: +2348065404228

Abstract

A survey of gastrointestinal helminth parasitic infections of Bovine (cattle) slaughtered in Wudil Local Government Area abattoir in Kano State, Nigeria was carried out for 12 months in 2013. A total of 375 of faecal samples of the animals were examined comprising of 251 adult males and 124 adult females using formol ether concentration technique.  Out of which 131 (34.9%) were infected with one or more parasites. Two species of parasitic nematode 79 (21.1%) and two species of parasitic trematode 52 (13.9%) were encountered.  Male cattle had the highest prevalence of helminths infections than females, and was statistically significant (p<0.05). The prevalence rates of the species encountered consist of Ascaris 58 (15.5%),Haemonchus contortus 21 (5.6%), Fasiola gigantica 19 (5.1%) and Schistosoma bovis33 (8.8%). The helminth infections were significantly highest (18.2%) in the rainy season (p<0.05). The study reveals that there is a high tendency for increase in the transmission of helminth zoonoses within the studied area especially fascioliasis. But with personal hygiene and environment sanitation, the prevalence of helminthic diseases can be reduced.

Keywords: Abattoir, Bovine, Cattle, Parasitic helminths, Wudil, Zoonoses.

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