Clinicopathological indications of resilience of swamp buffaloes to infection with Fasciola gigantica

Molina, E.C., Sinolinding, E.O., and Peralta, A. (2005) Clinicopathological indications of resilience of swamp buffaloes to infection with Fasciola gigantica. Tropical Animal Health and Production, 37 (6). pp. 451-455.

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Fasciolosis caused by Fasciola gigantica is a common disease among livestock such as swamp buffaloes (Bubalus bubalis) in rice-producing areas in humid tropical regions. It causes a significant reduction in meat and milk production, growth rate, fertility and draught power in infected animals (Dargie, 1987). However, the extent to which infection adversely affects the production of infected animals depends on several factors, among which is the breed of susceptible animals. Different breeds of animals and individuals within the same breed manifest varying responses and resilience to infection (Spithill et at., 1999). For instance, differences in response to infection with F. gigantica were seen in Bali, Ongole and buffalo calves in terms of weight gain (E. Wiedosari, personal communication, 1997). This information demonstrates breed differences in response to F. gigantica infection and shows that swamp buffaloes are more resilient than cattle to F. gigantica. The clinicopathological responses of swamp buffaloes naturally infected with F. gigantica were evaluated in this study to determine whether these parameters would indicate resilience to natural infection with parasites.

Item ID: 14093
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1573-7438
Keywords: clinical pathology; Fasciola gigantica; resilience; swamp buffaloes
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2010 04:47
FoR Codes: 07 AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES > 0707 Veterinary Sciences > 070706 Veterinary Medicine @ 100%
SEO Codes: 83 ANIMAL PRODUCTION AND ANIMAL PRIMARY PRODUCTS > 8303 Livestock Raising > 830301 Beef Cattle @ 100%
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