Author : H. Mohammed, N.

Detection of Cryptosporidium spp. in feces of ducks in Nineveh governorate

N. H. Mohammed

Iraqi Journal of Veterinary Sciences, 2009, Volume 23, Issue 1, Pages 1-5
DOI: 10.33899/ijvs.2009.5689

The results of examining 100 fecal samples of ducks from different locations of Nineveh governorate revealed 77% infection with Cryptosporidium by using modified acid fast (hot) stain, whereas the percentages of infection were 63% and 56% by staining with iodine and flotation with sugar solution technique, respectively. The dimensions of the oocysts of the parasite were 1.9-6.6 (4.7) m length and 1.9-5.7 (3.8) m width. Statistical analysis showed significant difference between females and males and the percentage of infection appeared in high rate in female ducks (87.6%). No significant difference appeared between seasons. The percentage of infection with Cryptosporidium in ducks appeared in high rate in Al-Rashidiah and Quban region (90%).