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Detection of Cryptosporidium and Giardia doudenalis in equines in Nineveh, Iraq

Author(s): E. T. Butty

Journal: Iraqi Journal of Veterinary Sciences
ISSN 1607-3894

Volume: 25;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 43;
Date: 2011;
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Keywords: Cryptosporidium sp. | Giardia doudenalis | Intestinal protozoa

A total of 107 fecal samples of equines from different regions in Nineveh, were colleted from January 2007 till December 2007 and examined for Cryptosporidium sp., and Giardia doudenalis by using different methods (wet mount, flotation, lugol's iodine, modified Ziehl Nelsecn (hot) and Giemsa stain Just for Giardia doudenalis. The animal age examined ranged from 4 to 10 years. The total prevalence of cryptosporidium sp. was 27.10% (29 out of 107), while the prevalence of Giardia doudenalis was 19.63% (21 out of 107). This study represents the first trial to explore cryptosporidiosis, giardiasis in equines as in Nineveh there is no survey of these intestinal protozoa.
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