Prevalence of Cryptosporidiosis in Ostriches from Central and South Parts of Iraq

  • Al- Zubaidei H. Hamza College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Diyala, Iraq.
  • Kawan M. Hameed College of Veterinary Medicine, Baghdad University
Keywords: Ostriches, prevalence, Cryptosporidium, Iraq.

Abstract

The prevalence of Ostriches cryptosporidiosis was determined for the first time in central and south parts of Iraq to study the effects of age, sex and months on the infection rate and to record the morphological characterization of Cryptosporidium spp in Ostriches. A total of 200 Ostriches fecal samples were examined by traditional methods for detection of the parasite. The total infection rate was 11% (22/200), and the highest infection rate was 12.26% (13/106) in chicks ( 9 months), while the lowest infection rate was 9.57% (9/94) recorded in the adult (> 9 Months). The study included seven provinces in the central and south parts of Iraq: Wasit, Baghdad, Babylon, Diyala, Karbala, Al-Najaf and Al-Qadisiyah. The highest infection rate was reported in Al-Najaf (23.53%) compared with the lowest rate (0%) in Wasit province. March reported an infection rate of 50%, while the lowest rate (0%) was registered during the summer months: June, July and August with a significant difference (P0.05) among months of the study. Morphologically, the study indicated the wide spread of Cryptosporidium parasites in Ostriches in both central and south area of Iraq

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Published
2020-06-28
How to Cite
Hamza, A.- Z., & Hameed, K. (2020). Prevalence of Cryptosporidiosis in Ostriches from Central and South Parts of Iraq. The Iraqi Journal of Veterinary Medicine, 44(1), 63-67. https://doi.org/10.30539/ijvm.v44i1.937