Prevalence of Ectoparasites of Goats in Tanzania

Abstract

Survey was carried out to determine the prevalence of various ectoparasites infesting goats in Tanzania. Fifty four herds were surveyed out of which 78%, 66% and 44% were infested with ticks, fleas and lice, respectively. Of the 415 goats examined, 74.7%, 63.1% and 47.7% were infested with ticks, fleas and lice, respectively. The species of ticks identified were Rhipicephalus evertsi, R. appendiculatus and Amblyomma variegatum. Ctenocephalides felis was the only species of flea recorded whereas, the louse species were Damalinia caprae and Linognathus stenopsis. Heavy infestation with flea and louse was the cause of poor body condition and anaemia in young animals.

Citation

Daborn, C.J.; Harrison, L.J.S.; Kambarage, D.M.; Kusiluka, L.J.M.; Matthewman, R.W. Prevalence of Ectoparasites of Goats in Tanzania. Journal of Applied Animal Research (1995) 7 (1) 69-74. [DOI: 10.1080/09712119.1995.9706052]

Prevalence of Ectoparasites of Goats in Tanzania

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