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An Outbreak of Parasitic Infection Due to Nutritional Deficiency in Goats

An Outbreak of Parasitic Infection Due to Nutritional Deficiency in Goats

Muhammad Haris Raza Farhan1*, Qamar Iqbal1, Tariq Jamil1, Muhammad Fayaz2, Abdul Kabir2,3, Eid Nawaz2, Marjan Ali2, Shumaila Manzoor2 

1Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan- 38000; 2National Veterinary Laboratory, Islamabad, Pakistan- 44000; 3Department of Veterinary Microbiology, Sindh Agriculture University, Tandojam-Pakistan- 70060.

*Correspondence | Muhammad Haris Raza Farhan, Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan; Email: Harisraza524@gmail.com  

ABSTRACT

Nutritional management of animals has a direct effect on the health status of the herd. The unavailability of important nutrients can affect the immune system of the animals increasing their susceptibility to different infections including parasitic infestation. A referral clinical examination was carried out on a small ruminant farm with a mixed population of sheep and goats. History taken from the farm owner revealed the mortality of 8 animals within the duration of 14 days following a pattern of anorexia, no fever, emaciation, recumbency, and ultimately death. A detailed physical and clinical examination of animals revealed signs of dehydration, emaciation, anorexia, nutritional stress, and high fever in animals. Tick infestation was found on the skin of animals while Babesia was found in the blood smears of some animals. Pox-like lesions were also found on the skin of some goats.

Keywords | Parasitic infections, Babesia, Malnutrition, Worm infestation, Stress 

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Research Journal for Veterinary Practitioners

June

Vol. 10, Iss. 2, Pages 7-23

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