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Prevalence of Bovine Cysticercosis of Slaughtered Cattle in Meshkinshahr Abattoir, Iran

Author(s): Y. Garedaghi | A.P. Rezaii Saber | M. Saberie Khosroshahi

Journal: Journal of Animal and Veterinary Advances
ISSN 1680-5593

Volume: 11;
Issue: 6;
Start page: 785;
Date: 2012;
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Keywords: Prevalence | bovine cysticercosis | Taenia saginata | Meshkinshahr Abattoir | Iran

The prevalence of Taenia saginata cysticercosis in cattle slaughtered for meat in Meshkinshahr Abattoir, Iran between September, 2010 and August, 2011 was reported. The examination of various organs of 500 cattle in Meshkinshahr Abattoir showed that 15 (3%) were infected with T. saginata cysticercosis. The tongue, masseter muscles, cardiac muscles, triceps muscles and thigh muscles were the main predilection sites of the cysts. The cysts of bovine cysticercosis were also identified on the spleen, intercostal muscles, diaphragm and liver. Out of 460 male cattle examined, 14 (3%) had cysts of bovine cysticercosis while 1 (2.5%) of the 40 female animals investigated were infected. The animals slaughtered were all adults. No significant difference in prevalence rates was recorded between the sexes. The prevalence of bovine cysticercosis was higher in local Sarabi cattle breeds than Holstein-Frisian cattle.

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