PREVALENCE RATE OF HELMINTH PARASITES IN THE GASTROINTESTINAL TRACT OF DOMESTIC PIGEON (COLUMBA LIVIA DOMESTICA) OF KARACHI, SINDH
Keywords:Helminth infection, Pigeon, Cestodes, Raillietina, Cotugnia
Present study deals with the prevalence rate of helminth infection in pigeon. During examination of pigeons, cestodes recovered from the intestine belong to genera Raillietina and Cotugnia with 47.94% intensity of infection whereas nematodes were collected from stomach, intestine and mesenteries belonged to genera Ascaridia and Capillaria with 42.46% prevalence rate while nematode larvae were mainly recovered from mesenteries with 9.59% intensity. The highest intensity of helminth infection was observed in May, 2019 i.e. 88.8% while the lowest rate recorded in July, 2019 i.e. 50%. Mainly parasites were collected from stomach, intestine and mesenteries of pigeon.
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