Epidemiology of gastrointestinal nematodes of alpacas in Australia: I. A cross-sectional study
Mohammed H Rashid, Jane L Vaughan, Mark A Stevenson, Angus JD Campbell, Muhammad A Saeed, Lea Indjein, Ian Beveridge, Abdul Jabbar
PARASITOLOGY RESEARCH | SPRINGER | Published : 2019
This study involved a national cross-sectional survey of gastrointestinal nematodes (GINs) of alpacas in Australia. A total of 1545 fresh faecal samples were collected from both sexes of alpacas and processed for faecal egg counts (FEC) and molecular identification of nematodes using the multiplexed tandem PCR assay. Based on egg morphology, the overall prevalence of GINs was 66% while that for strongyles was 59%. The overall mean FEC was 276 eggs per gram (EPG) of faeces, with the highest count of 17,415 EPG. Male alpacas had a higher prevalence (68%, 334/490) as well as mean FEC (328 ± 60 EPG) of GINs than females (63%, 602/954; 227 ± 26, respectively). Weaners had the highest prevalence (..View full abstract
The financial assistance for this project was provided by the AgriFutures Australia and the Australian Alpaca Association.