FREQUENCY OF GASTROINTESTINAL HELMINTHS IN BUFFALOES IN THE STATE OF PARAIBA, BRAZIL

  • Vinicius Longo Ribeiro Vilela
  • Bianca Alves Valencio Instituto Federal da Paríba
  • Arthur William Lima Brasil
  • Roberta Nunes Parentoni
  • Thais Ferreira Feitosa
  • Sérgio Santos Azevêdo

Resumo

Buffaloes are known for their rusticity, tolerance and resistance to infectious and parasitic diseases, and are thus better adapted to adverse environmental conditions than are cattle. Although, increasing productivity and technification within buffalo-raising has favored the introduction of infectious and parasitic diseases into herds, as a result of management changes, higher animal density and confinement. In this context, gastrointestinal helminthiasis have taken on an important role. The aims of this study were to determine the frequency of gastrointestinal helminthes in buffaloes in the state of Paraiba, and to identify the risk factors associated with these infections. The study was conducted on 127 buffaloes on 14 farms. Visits were made to collect feces in order to perform fecal egg counts (FEC) and fecal cultures. The frequency of buffaloes affected by helminthes was 11% (14/127). In the fecal cultures, Haemonchus spp. was the most frequent helminthic genus (59%), followed by Trichostrongylus spp. (34%) and Oesophagostomum spp. (7%). Purchasing animals at livestock auctions/fairs (odds ratio = 25.44; 95% CI = 2.17 – 297.68; P = 0.010) was identified as a risk factor. It was concluded that the frequency of gastrointestinal parasites in buffaloes in the state of Paraiba was relatively high, being Haemonchus spp. the most prevalent genus.
Publicado
2016-10-18
Seção
FOTOS - ENCONTRO NACIONAL DE PATOLOGIA CLÍNICA VETERINÁRIA 2017