Year: 2017, Issue: June

Occurence of Trichostrogylus retortaeformis and Toxocara canis in Oryctolagus cuniculus from pet market of Dhaka.

Author:

Rimi Farhana Zaman, Shamima Akhtar and Hamida Khanum

Keyword:

Oryctolagus cuniculus, Formol-ether-concentration method, Helminths.

A total of 60 faecal samples of domestic rabbits (Order : Lagomorpha, Family : Leporidae) were collected from Katabon pet market area, Dhaka during July, 2014-June,2015. Prevalence and intensity of T.retortaeformis and T.canis were examined applying Formol-ether-concentration technique in the Parasitology laboratory, Department of Zoology, University of Dhaka. Almost adjacent prevalence of T.retortaeformis (18.3%) and Toxocara canis (15%) was observed. In female rabbits, both the parasites showed higher prevalence (19.2%). The prevalence of T.retortaeformis was the highest in summer (20%) and T.canis in rainy season (23.5%). The topmost T.retortaeformis prevalence was observed in rabbits aged 25-30 months (75%) and T.canis among 8-12 months (33.3%). The intensity of infection was 3.36 and 1.78 for T.retortaeformis and T.canis respectively. According to the present findings, the impact of age, sex and seasons on the prevalence of helminth parasites in rabbits was worth noticing and significant (F ratio=70.560, probability level 0.000).

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