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Research Journal of Parasitology
Year: 2011  |  Volume: 6  |  Issue: 5  |  Page No.: 160 - 167

Prevalence and Intensity of Dicrocoelium dendriticum in Sheep and Goats of Iran

M. Arbabi, A. Dalimi, F. Ghafarifar and M. Foroozandeh Moghadam    

Abstract: Dicrocoeliosis is a hepatic parasitic disease of clinical and financial significance in ruminant breeding throughout the world. The present study was carried out to estimate the prevalence and intensity of Dicrocoelium dendriticum in slaughtered sheep and goats in various geographical areas of Iran. In a cross-sectional study, totally, 10190 of slaughtered sheep and goats at abattoirs located in 8 provinces of Iran were examined via necropsy of livers and gall bladders. Specimens were identified morphologically then the collected parasites were counted. Overall 0.93% of the livers were found to be infected. The prevalence of Dicrocoelium infection in sheep and goat were 0.85 and 1.29%, respectively. The highest prevalence in sheep and goats belong to East Azerbaijan province and the lowest belong to Fars province. This study indicated that the prevalence of dicrocoeliosis in sheep and goat of Iran was quite lower than expected.

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