Morphology and Prevalence of Some Helminth Parasites in Gallus domesticus from Gurez Valley of Jammu and Kashmir, India
Sofi TA, Ahmad F and Sheikh BA*
Department of Zoology, University of Kashmir, Srinagar, India
- *Corresponding Author:
- Sheikh BA
Department of Zoology
University of Kashmir
Srinagar, India, 190 006
E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: December 07, 2015; Accepted Date: December 10, 2015; Published Date: January 05, 2016
Citation: Sofi TA, Ahmad F, Sheikh BA (2016) Morphology and Prevalence of Some Helminth Parasites in Gallus domesticus from Gurez Valley of Jammu and Kashmir, India. J Fisheries Livest Prod 4:159. doi:10.4172/2332-2608.1000159
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The present study was aimed to study the distribution, diversity, and prevalence of helminth parasites in domestic fowl from this valley of Gurez. A total of 137 domestic fowl were examined for helminth parasites from May 2013 to April 2015. A high rate of helminth infection (40.14%) was observed. One cestode Raillitina tetragona and two nematodes, Ascaridia galli and Heterakis gallinarum were encountered during the present study. The collected parasites were identified according to the keys and description given by Soulsby (1982) and Yamaguti (1958). High prevalence of infection was observed during summer (41.86%) followed by autumn (34.21%), spring (33.33%) and winter (30.76%). Males (36.96%) were more infected than females (34.37%). The young ones were more infected than adults. Thus, seasonal dynamics and sex of the hosts significantly influenced the prevalence of GIH infection in domestic fowl. Nematodes were more prevalent than cestodes.