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The Prevalence of Linguatula serrata Nymphs in Mesenteric Lymph Nodes in Cattle

Author(s): Ehsan Norouzi Asl | Reza Kheirandish | Saeid R. Nourollahi Fard | Saeid Fathi

Journal: American Journal of Animal and Veterinary Sciences
ISSN 1557-4555

Volume: 5;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 155;
Date: 2010;
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Keywords: Linguatula serrata | cattle | Kerman | Iran

Problem statement: The Linguatula serrata is one of the parasitic zoonoses. Human beings may also be infected by both the nymph stage, a condition called nasopharyngeal linguatulosis or Halzoun syndrome and the egg, a condition called visceral linguatulosis. Approach: The aim of the present study was to evaluate the prevalence of nymphal stages of L. serrata in mediastenal and mesenteric lymph nodes of cattle slaughtered in Kerman slaughterhouse, south east of Iran. For this purpose, mesenteric and mediastenal lymph nodes of 450 cattle of different sex and age were examined. Results: A prevalence of 16.22% was observed in mesenteric lymph nodes. Higher prevalence of infection was observed in animals aged above four years and during autumn season. The infection rate increased with age (p
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