Prevalence of Bovine Fasciolosis in Bauchi State, Nigeria
AbstractA total of 1600 faecal samples were collected from live cattle in five local government areas (LGAs) of Bauchi state, Nigeria, for a period of 12 months and analyzed using formol-ether sedimentation technique for the presence of Fasciola eggs. The study revealed an overall prevalence of 76.9 % in the state. Dass local government area (LGA) had the highest prevalence (83.6 %), while Ningi LGA had the least (74.2 %). Adult cattle had higher prevalence (64.1 %) than the young ones (35.9 %). This was statistically significant (p<0.05). The distribution of Fasciola eggs was higher in the wet than in the dry season in all the local government areas sampled. The result infers a high prevalence of bovine fasciolosis in the study area, which may constitute a
constraint to cattle production. The need for adequate control measures is indicated.