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Existence of Coccidiosis and Associated Risk Factors in Broiler Chickens in Southern Punjab, Pakistan
Hafiz Allah Bachaya1, Rao Zahid Abbas2*, Muhammad Asif Raza3, Zafar Iqbal4, Tauseef Ur Rehman2, Wasim Baber2 and Riaz Hussain2
1Poultry Production Center Muzaffargarh, Livestock & Dairy Development Department, Punjab; 2Department of Pathobiology, University College of Veterinary & Animal Sciences, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur; 3Department of Animal Sciences, Ghazi University, DG Khan; 4Department of Parasitology, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan; *Corresponding author:


The present study was carried out to determine the prevalence of coccidiosis in broiler chickens in district Muzaffargarh-Punjab-Pakistan. Out of 500 gut samples examined, during the months of July 2009 to June 2010, the overall prevalence found was 65%. Two hundred fecal droppings from different broiler farms were also investigated during the same period. The prevalence of coccidial infection among adult broiler chickens was 30.18% and among young broiler chickens was 65.95%. Four species of Eimeria; Eimeria tenella (40.92%), Eimeria maxima (31.38%), Eimeria mitis (18.15%) and Eimeria necatrix (9.53%) were recorded. The prevalence of Eimeria infections was highest in the month of September (73.68%), while lowest during April (47.83%). The prevalence of coccidiosis was higher at the farms where the management practices were not satisfactory particularly keeping the litter dry. A strong correlation was found between the prevalence of coccidiosis and age of the chickens.

Key words: Broiler chickens, Coccidiosis, Eimeria spp, Prevalence


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