Prevalence of Paramphistomiasis Among Sheep Slaughtered In Some Selected Abattoirs In Imo State, Nigeria

  • RF Njoku-Tony
  • BEB Nwoko
Keywords: Paramphistomiasis, worms, slaughter sheep, abattoirs, Nigeria.

Abstract

A total of 367 sheep (Ovis sp) were randomly sampled in Okigwe, Orlu, Obowo, Ihitte Uboma and Mbaise areas of Imo State between Sept. 2004 to Sept. 2005 aimed at establishing the prevalence of Paramphistomum cervi Of the 367 animals examined, 96(26.2%) had serious infection. Infection was highest in Okigwe (34.5%), followed by Afor-Ogbe (30.0%), Orlu (20.4%), Orieagu (18.4%) and Achingali (16.7%). Sex showed no significant relationship with the infection, however age was found to be highly significant (p<0.01) with older animals having more infection than younger ones. Monthly mean worm load (xWLD) was 144.64 while number of parasites was 126. Keywords: Paramphistomiasis, worms, slaughter sheep, abattoirs, Nigeria.
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