Parasites in cattle in the Ecuadorian Amazon
Keywords:protozoos, nematodos, ganado, edad, raza, sexo, Amazon
The aim of the present study was to evaluate the association between protozoa and nematodes with age, race and sex in cattle which graze freely in Canton Arosemena Tola, Napo Province - Ecuador. 147 cattle feces were sampled during March 2011 and November 2012. The collection of feces was made during the first morning hours and the samples were obtained directly from the rectum of the animal. Coproparasitologic analyses were performed at the Veterinary Laboratory of Diagnostic Parasitology in Chaco, Ecuador. The total of sampled animals were divided into two groups: â‰¤ twelve months of age (31) and â‰¥ twelve months of age (116).Â With the protozoa Coccidia and Balantidium there were significant differences (P <0.0001) between the ages and race, but not so with sex (p â‰¥0.05). In Bunostomun, Neoscaris, Trichostrongylus spp, Cooperia, Oesophagostomun, Strongyiloides and Ostertagia there are significant differences (P <0.0001) between age and race, but not so with sex (p â‰¥0.05). In conclusion, there are associations between the presence of both protozoa and nematodes with age and race, but not with the sex of the cattle.
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