Prevalence of ectoparasites in cattle (Bos indicus) of Jessore, Bangladesh

  • Sharmin Musa Parasitology Branch, Department of Zoology, University of Dhaka, Dhaka-1000
  • Tania Ahmed Parasitology Branch, Department of Zoology, University of Dhaka, Dhaka-1000
  • Hamida Khanum Parasitology Branch, Department of Zoology, University of Dhaka, Dhaka-1000
Keywords: Prevalence, Ectoparasites, Cattle

Abstract

A study was carried out on 60 cattle and 34 (56.66%) were found infested with ticks and lice. Mean parasitic burden was 2.26 ± 0.37 per square inches in cattle. Two species of arachnids, Haemaphysalis bispinosa (31.66%) and Rhipicephalus sanguineus (28.33%) lice, Linognathus vituli (23.33%) were identified. Mean parasitic burden was high in case of R. sanguineus (4.33 ± 0.48) followed by H. bispinosa (2.89 ± 0.62) and least in L. vituli (1.28 ± 0.16). Prevalence of ectoparasites were relatively higher in young animals aged > 1 - 3 year (66.66%) followed by in calf aged ± 1 year (50%) and lowest in adult aged > 3 year (44.44%) in cattle. The mean parasitic burden was higher in case of young (2.8±0.60) followed by adults (1.75 ± 0. 41) and calves (1.5 ± 0.34). Infestation was higher in female (64.10%) than the male (42.85%). Prevalence of ectoparasites were relatively higher in summer (75%) followed by in winter (55%) and lowest in rainy season (40%). The mean parasitic burden was highest in summer (1.93 ± 0.64) followed by in winter (1.72 ± 0.54) and lowest in rainy season (1.5 ± 0.50).

Bangladesh J. Zool. 46(2): 137-145, 2018

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Author Biographies

Sharmin Musa, Parasitology Branch, Department of Zoology, University of Dhaka, Dhaka-1000

Department of Zoology

Tania Ahmed, Parasitology Branch, Department of Zoology, University of Dhaka, Dhaka-1000

Department of Zoology

Hamida Khanum, Parasitology Branch, Department of Zoology, University of Dhaka, Dhaka-1000

Department of Zoology

Published
2018-12-01
How to Cite
Musa, S., Ahmed, T., & Khanum, H. (2018). Prevalence of ectoparasites in cattle (Bos indicus) of Jessore, Bangladesh. Bangladesh Journal of Zoology, 46(2), 137-145. https://doi.org/10.3329/bjz.v46i2.39047
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