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Internal parasite community and epidemiology of parasitic infections in working horses, Romania

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dc.contributor.author Buzatu, Marius Cătălin
dc.contributor.author Mitrea, Ioan Liviu
dc.contributor.author IONITA, Mariana
dc.date.accessioned 2021-07-07T12:20:44Z
dc.date.available 2021-07-07T12:20:44Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.citation Buzatu, Marius Cătălin, Ioan Liviu Mitrea, Mariana Ionita. 2016. "Internal parasite community and epidemiology of parasitic infections in working horses, Romania". Lucrări Științifice USAMV-Iași Seria Medicină Veterinară 59 (3): 357-362. en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://repository.uaiasi.ro/xmlui/handle/20.500.12811/1611
dc.description.abstract Equine gastrointestinal parasites, and particular helminthes, are ubiquitous. Horses that graze contaminated pasture can burden large numbers of parasites which can lead to serious clinical disease. The aim of the present study was to describe the parasite community and epidemiology of intestinal parasitic infections in working horses in Romania. For this, a total number of 459 working horses originated from 38 villages belonging to 18 counties in Northeastern, Center, and Southeastern Romania were included in the study. Horses were allocated by age and gender category. Fresh fecal samples were collected from individual horses and analyzed qualitatively for the presence of intestinal parasites using sodium chloride flotation technique and quantitatively for fecal worm eggs counts, described as the number of eggs per gram (EPG) of feces, using a modified McMaster technique. 75.40% of working horses were positive for strongyle infection, followed by Parascaris equorum (7.40%), Eimeria leuckarti (7.20%), Strongyloides westeri (3.70%), and Anoplocephala spp. (2.61%). Young animals (of 1 to 5 years old) were the most infected category for all parasite species identified, except for Anoplocephala spp. for which animals over 10 years old were more frequent infected. Positive horses for strongyles were found in all villages and counties, respectively, where studies were performed. The positive horses for P. equorum, S. westeri, Anoplocephala spp., and E. leuckarti originated from 19 (50.00%), 13 (34.20%), 6 (15.80%), and 7 (18.40%) of villages, respectively, distributed in 11 (61.10%), 8 (44.40%), 3 (16.70%), and 5 (27.80%) counties, respectively. The results showed that strongyle infections are highly prevalent in Romanian working horses and provide further evidence that the parasite burden is influenced by age of horses and other factors, such as anthelmintic treatments of animals or degree of pasture hygiene. These findings represent a base for further studies to design sustainable control program of horse parasites. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher ”Ion Ionescu de la Brad” University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine, Iași en_US
dc.rights Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)
dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.subject internal parasites en_US
dc.subject epidemiology en_US
dc.subject working horses en_US
dc.subject Romania en_US
dc.title Internal parasite community and epidemiology of parasitic infections in working horses, Romania en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.author.affiliation Marius Cătălin Buzatu, Ioan Liviu Mitrea, Mariana Ionita, University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Bucharest, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Dep. of Parasitology and Parasitic Diseases
dc.publicationName Lucrări Științifice USAMV - Iași, Seria Medicină Veterinară
dc.volume 59
dc.issue 3
dc.publicationDate 2016
dc.startingPage 357
dc.endingPage 362
dc.identifier.eissn 2393-4603


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