Coccidiosis – a problem in backyard rabbitries
Marta Basiaga , Viktoriya Levytska , Jerzy Kowal , Paweł Nosal , Anna Wyrobisz-Papiewska
AbstractThis paper focuses on parasites of the genus Eimeria in rabbits kept in two backyard farms – from Poland (herd A) and Ukraine (herd B). The concentration McMaster technique and sporulation was applied to determine the level of infection, as well as to identify the species composition. The Eimeria sp. oocysts were present in all collected samples (prevalence = 100%), and four to nine coccidian species were identified in the herd A and B, respectively. Eimeria media was the most common species, and the presence of the most pathogenic E. intestinalis and E. flavescens was observed in both studied rabbitries. The results obtained suggest that coccidiosis may cause a serious risk for rabbits kept in backyard farms, therefore prevention guidelines in relation to the backyard breeding are crucial to be developed.
|Journal series||Annals of Parasitology, [Annals of Parasitology], ISSN 2299-0631, e-ISSN 2300-6706, (N/A 40 pkt)|
|Publication size in sheets||0.3|
|Keywords in English||Eimeria sp., coccidiosis, rabbits, backyard farms|
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