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Detection of Cryptosporidium spp. in feces of ducks in Nineveh governorate

Author(s): N. H. Mohammed

Journal: Iraqi Journal of Veterinary Sciences
ISSN 1607-3894

Volume: 23 (Arabic);
Issue: 1;
Start page: 1;
Date: 2009;
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The results of examining 100 fecal samples of ducks from different locations of Nineveh governorate revealed 77% infection with Cryptosporidium by using modified acid fast (hot) stain, whereas the percentages of infection were 63% and 56% by staining with iodine and flotation with sugar solution technique, respectively. The dimensions of the oocysts of the parasite were 1.9-6.6 (4.7) m length and 1.9-5.7 (3.8) m width. Statistical analysis showed significant difference between females and males and the percentage of infection appeared in high rate in female ducks (87.6%). No significant difference appeared between seasons. The percentage of infection with Cryptosporidium in ducks appeared in high rate in Al-Rashidiah and Quban region (90%).

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