Prevalence of Tissue Parasites in Cattle and Buffaloes Slaughtered in El-Minia Governorate Abattoirs, Egypt

Author's: Ahmed K. Dyab, Hesham A. Ahmed, Yehia A. Hefnawy, Amer Ragheb Abdel Aziz, Mena M. Gomaa
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Article Type: Research Article     Published: Jul. 31, 2019 Pages: 49-58
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The present study was conducted to determine the prevalence of meat borne parasitic infection in 170 animals (120 cattle and 50 buffaloes) slaughtered in El-Minia Governorate abattoirs, during the period from June 2017 to May 2018. The obtained data were statistically analyzed by SPSS software using ANOVA test at 95% confidence level (P ≤ 0.05). The study revealed the overall prevalence in cattle was 35%, the incidence of Fasciola spp. (23.3%), Cysticercus bovis (6.6%), Sarcocyst spp.  (0%) and hydatid cyst (5%). On the other hand, total prevalence in buffaloes was 52%, which include Fasciola spp., (30%), C. bovis (6%), Sarcocyst spp. (12%), and Hydatid cyst (4%). Older cattle and buffaloes were more susceptible than young (P ≤ 0.05). The seasonal prevalence rate of infection with Fasciola spp. and hydatid cyst was highest in Autumn at (P ≤ 0.05). The predilection site of C. bovis was significantly highest in the heart of cattle and buffaloes 75% and 100% respectively (P ≤ 0.05). Hydatid cyst mainly present in the lung and liver of cattle and buffalo 6% and 2% respectively. While Sarcocystis spp.  in buffaloes were significantly higher in esophagus 50%. It can be concluded that parasitic infection among beef production livestock has its hazardous zoonotic significance causing serious economic losses.


Fasciola, Hydatid, Cysticercus, Sarcocystis, Cattle, Buffalo.


Dyab, A.K., Ahmed, H.A., Hefnawy, Y.A., Abdel Aziz, A.R., Gomaa, M.M., 2019. Prevalence of Tissue Parasites in Cattle and Buffaloes Slaughtered in El-Minia Governorate Abattoirs, Egypt. PSM Vet. Res., 4(2): 49-58.


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