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Type Journal Article - Animal Research International
Title Prevalence of gastrointestinal helminths in West African Dwarf (WAD) goats in an agrarian agro-ecosystem
Volume 4
Issue 3
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2007
Page numbers 728-732
URL http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=
An investigation on the prevalence of gastrointestinal helminth parasites in goats was carried out
in six different agrarian agroecosystems of Ikwo L.G.A of Ebony State, Nigeria. The objectives o
the study were to determine the factors associated with the prevalence of the parasites and to
identify the gastrointest nal helminths in feacal samples of WAD goats. Relevant information were
col ected from the respondents through we -structured questionnaire. A total of 180 random faecal
samples were collected individually from goats o varying ages in the different zones. Microscopic
examination of each sample was done by the sodium chloride floatation technique. Out of 180
eacal samples col ected and examined, 118 (65.5 %) of them were in ected by helm nth parasites.
This indicated a high prevalence of infection. Five major factors were identified to have been
associated with the preva ence of the parasites namely: poor system of management, illiteracy,
lack of deworming progammes, non-commercial purpose o keeping goats and very o d farmers in
the business. The following intestina helminth parasites were found in goats in order of
predominance: Haemonchus contortus (38 1 %), Strongyliodes papillosus (19.4 %),
Trichostrongylus columbriforms (15.2 %), Oesophagostonum columbianum (14 4 %), Fasciola
species (10.1 %) and Moniezia benedeni (2.5 %).

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