Hemotropic Mycoplasma ovis infection in goats with concurrent gastrointestinal parasitism in Malaysia
Hemotropic Mycoplasmosis is common in sheep and
goats worldwide, which leads to huge economic
losses. In this study, ten goats each were sampled
from five herds belonging to the Ladang Angkat,
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (FVM) for the
assessment of Mycoplasma ovis infection and
concomitant intestinal parasites burden. Giemsa
stain and Modified McMaster techniques were used
to study the hemotropic mycoplasmosis and
gastrointestinal parasite burden, respectively.
Questionnaires were equally administered to each
farmer and a fly trap was used to trap biting flies
around the goat herds. Out of 50 samples analyzed,
94.0% ( n = 47/50) were positive for M. ovis
infection. Among the positive samples, 93.6%
(n=44/47) were mild infection while 6.4% (n=3/47)
were moderate infection, with highest infection rate
of 38.5% parasitemia. There was a significant
association (P<0.05) between infection status and
parasites burden. However, there was a weak positive
correlation (r=0.107, P=0.460) between M. ovis
infection rates and parasitic burden. Though a high
occurrence rate of M. ovis was observed among the
infected goats, the levels of parasitemia were
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