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PREVALENCE OF SOME HELMINTHS IN RODENTS CAPTURED FROM DIFFERENT CITY STRUCTURES INCLUDING POULTRY FARMS AND HUMAN POPULATION OF FAISALABAD, PAKISTAN

RAFIQUE, S. A. RANA, H. A. KHAN AND A. SOHAIL1

Department of Zoology and Fisheries and 1Department of Agricultural Entomology, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan

Abstract

    The aim of the present study was to investigate prevalence of zoonotic helminths from human, Rattus rattus (R. rattus), Rattus norvegicus (R. norvegicus) and Mus musculus of eight different structures, namely grain shops in grain market, departmental stores, railway godowns, food processing plants (bakeries), poultry farms, houses in kachi-abadies, houses in departmental colonies and posh residences and banglows in Faisalabad city. All the structures were sampled for 2 months each and completed in 16 months. Highest prevalence (70%) of Vsmpirolepis spp. was observed in R. rattus sampled from poultry farms, which was significantly higher (P<0.05) than the prevalence of all the helminths recovered from other structures. Hymenolepis nana (H. nana) was observed in 60% of the sampled Mus musculus collected from kachi-abadies, which was significantly higher (P<0.05) than all other structures studies for H. nana, except R. rattus from kachi-abadies (55%) and R. norvegicus from grain shops in grain market (55%). The rodent’s endo-parasites viz., Hymenolepis nana, Teania taenaeformis, Entrobius spps and Trichuiris spps observed in R. rattus, R. norvegicus and M. musculus at different percentages were also recorded in human stool samples with an incidence of 48, 21, 76 and 10%, respectively

Key words: Zoonotic helminthes, protozoa, H. nana, R. norvegicus, R. rattus, Mus musculus, Pakistan.

 
   

ISSN 0253-8318 (Print)
ISSN 2074-7764 (Online)



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