Prevalence of Fasciola hepatica in domesticated cattle of Distt: Lower Dir, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan

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Prevalence of Fasciola hepatica in domesticated cattle of Distt: Lower Dir, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan

Adnan Ullah, Khalid Khan, Muhammad Ismail Khan, Ahsan Khan, Aftab Alam
Int. J. Biosci.3( 12), 73-80, December 2013.
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The study was carried out from September 2012 to January 2013.Present study deals with the prevalence of liver fluke (Fasciola hepatica) in domesticated cattle of distt lower Dir. The liver flukes were recovered from adult buffaloes, cows, goats and sheep of either sex and were put in 10% formalin solution till identification. During the present study it was find out that the overall prevalence of liver fluke was higher in buffaloes that are 13.5% in cows it was 3.5% while it was 0% for goats and sheep. The average prevalence of liver fluke was 12.8%. The prevalence of liver fluke in goats and sheep was very low i.e. 0% throughout the study duration. Its most probable reason may be that the said animal groups are grazing in semi arid hilly areas where the intermediate hosts (snail) are very rare or totally absent.


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