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The Indian Journal of Small Ruminants
Year : 1999, Volume : 5, Issue : 1
First page : ( 28) Last page : ( 30)
Print ISSN : 0971-9857.

Sarcocystis tenella infecflon in sheep in an organised farm of Rajasthan

Swarnkar C.P.1, Khan F.A.1, Juyal P.D.2, Singh D.1, Bhagwan P.S.K.1

1Central Sheep And Wool Research Institute, Avikanagar-304501, Rajasthan

2Department of Veterinary Parasitology, College of Veterinary Science, PAU, Ludhiana, 141004.

Received:  30  March,  1998; Revised:  15  February,  1999.


A total of 349 muscle samples of tongue, oesophagus, heart and diaphragm from sheep necropsied at CSWRI, Avikanagar were examined for Sarcocystis infection. The overall prevalence rate of infection was 37.3%. The season, organ and age of animal had significant (p < 0.05) effect on prevalence rate. The infection was highest (46.2%) in monsoon. Heart muscles had highest prevalence (56.2%). There was positive correlation between the age of animal and prevalence rate of infection. The sex and breed of sheep had non significant effect. The species identified was Sarcocystis tenella. The average size of cysts was 270.1 ± 12.4 X 66.3 ± 3.1 mm.


Key words

Sarcocystis tenella, Sheep.


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