natural heavy infection with immature sarcocysts of Sarcocystis spp in sheep in mosul city
This study included recording the natural heavy infection with immature macrocysts (Sarcocysts) of Sarcocytis spp. in sheep .In animal with one year of age which is slaughtered at butcher shop in Mosul city in May 2018. This is the first case recorded of natural infection with immature sarcocysts of Sarcocystis spp. In Mosul City . Multiple small nodules were observed during slaughter ,they were along the esophageal muscles with different sizes and shapes , they were distributed randomly throughout esophageal muscles. Most of the sarcocysts were small in size with mean size 20- 28×28-42 µm and histological examination showed that contained only metrocytes.This confrmed the diagnosis that the sarcocysts were immature macrocysts (sarcocysts) for the Sarcosystis spp. In our study, heavy infected case with Sarcocystis reveals the fact that large numbers of cats(final hosts) in contact with sheep in pastures is considered the main risk factor for infection and supply of raw meat from infected sheep, which is very important for carcass condemnation when the meat inspection if specific abnormalities are found which indicate that the part of carcass , is unfit for human consumption it is condemned, which means the economic loss for livestock.
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