A survey of gastro-intestinal parasitic infection in domestic and wild birds in Chittagong and Greater Sylhet, Bangladesh

Hoque, Md. Ahasanul, Hassan, Mohammad Mahmudul, Hague, Enamul, Shaikat, Amir Hossan, Khan, Shahneaz Ali, Alim, Abdul, Skerratt, Lee Francis, Islam, Ariful, Tun, Hein Min, Dissanayake, Ravi, Day, Tapan Kumar, Debnath, Nitish Chandra, and Yamage, Mat (2014) A survey of gastro-intestinal parasitic infection in domestic and wild birds in Chittagong and Greater Sylhet, Bangladesh. Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 117 (1). pp. 305-312.

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A survey of gastrointestinal parasitic infection as determined by faecal examination was conducted among domestic and wild birds in Bangladesh. Birds were sampled from households, wet markets and wetlands in Chittagong and Greater Sylhet districts during April 2012 to February 2013. Mist nets were used to catch resident wild and migratory birds. The overall prevalence of parasitic infection ranged among locations from 25 to 55% in indigenous domestic ducks (live bird samples = 304), 20% in resident wild birds (environmental faecal samples = 40) and 40% in migratory birds (live bird samples = 35). The prevalence of parasitic infection was significantly higher in indigenous domestic ducks collected during summer (39%) than winter (22%) (p = 0.04). In domestic indigenous ducks and Muscovy ducks, both single and multiple types of parasitic infections were found. However, other domestic birds and wild birds often had a single type of parasitic infection. Ascaridia spp. with an average egg load of 50–900, was commonly detected in faecal samples of domestic and wild birds in this study. Other identified parasites were Capillaria spp. and Heterakis spp. both in domestic and wild birds. Improvement of biosecurity measures for household duck farms through educating and motivating household farmers could help mitigate the effects of parasitic infection on production.

Item ID: 37467
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1873-1716
Keywords: gastrointestinal parasites, domestic and wild birds, Bangladesh, survey
Funders: Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO)
Projects and Grants: FAO Grant no. LOAFAOBGD-2012-002
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2015 07:33
FoR Codes: 07 AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES > 0707 Veterinary Sciences > 070708 Veterinary Parasitology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 83 ANIMAL PRODUCTION AND ANIMAL PRIMARY PRODUCTS > 8303 Livestock Raising > 830309 Poultry @ 50%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9604 Control of Pests, Diseases and Exotic Species > 960405 Control of Pests, Diseases and Exotic Species at Regional or Larger Scales @ 50%
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