Journal of
Parasitology and Vector Biology

  • Abbreviation: J. Parasitol. Vector Biol.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2510
  • DOI: 10.5897/JPVB
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 189

Full Length Research Paper

Prevalence and intensity of nodular oesophagostomosis in West African long legged goats in Northern Benin

Sahidou Salifou1, Dadjo Florian Daga2 and Sabbas Attindehou1*
1Laboratory of Applied Biology Research, University of Abomey-Calavi, 01 BP 2009 Cotonou, Benin 2Department of Animal Production, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, University of Abomey, 01 BP 526 Cotonou, Benin.  
Email: [email protected]

  •  Received: 23 November 2012
  •  Accepted: 28 January 2013
  •  Published: 28 February 2013

Abstract

This study was conducted between January and December, 2011 to assess the prevalence and intensity of nodular lesions caused by Oesophagostomum species into the intestine of Benin goats. Intestines of 384 West African Long Legged (WALL) goats, from Northern Benin, were examined during slaughter, and 241 intestines (62.8%) were found to be positive for nodular lesions. The infection rate was significantly (p < 0.05) higher during the rainy season in comparison with dry season. Animals above one year of ages were mostly affected (82.5%). Extensive lesions were observed in 95 large intestines (24.9%) and calcified nodules were observed in 130 intestines (34%).

Key words: Oesophagostomum species, nodules, goats, prevalence, Northern Benin.