Prevalence of Cysticercus tenuicollis cysts in sheep slaughtered at Sokoto abattoir, Sokoto state, Nigeria

  • MA Saulawa
  • AA Magaji
  • OO Faleke
  • AA Mohammed
  • AC Kudi
  • AL Musawa
  • A Sada
  • AN Ugboma
  • B Akawu
  • S Sidi
  • N Lawal
  • AU Ambursa
Keywords: Cysticercus tenuicollis, sheep, slaughter, sokoto, nigeria.


A prospective study was conducted based on the principle of post mortem examination on sheep slaughtered at Sokoto abattoir for the presence of Cysticercus tenuicollis cysts. A total of 261 sheep were examined with 34 (13.03%) infected. Prevalence of infection increased with the age of the  animals. Males had relatively higher prevalence than females. Infection was recorded in several visceral organs with omentum having the highest  prevalence (35.29%) and the lungs the least(11.76%). The results suggest that C. tenuicollis is common and may constitute a health problem in sheep and a source of economic loss in the meat industry, thus emphasizing the need for proper meat inspection and handling of offals in the study area.

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