Prevalence of Coccidiosis and its Association with Risk Factors in Poultry of Quetta, Pakistan
Keywords:Coccidiosis, Prevalence, Chickens, Quetta
AbstractThe present study was undertaken to evaluate the incidence of coccidiosis and its association with various risk factors in chickens in Quetta city. A total of 353 specimens comprising of 250 gut samples and 103 faecal droppings were collected from chickens of different poultry shops and poultry farms. The microscopic examination of gut samples revealed 18.40% (n= 46/250) overall incidence of coccidiosis and only 6.79% (n=7/103) faecal droppings were found positive for coccidial oocysts. Higher prevalence rates of gut samples were recorded in broilers (20.86%), young chickens aged 2-6 weeks (22.69%) and during the month of August (52.94%) followed by September (45.45%) . Difference in the prevalence of disease in age groups and months was statistically significant (P<0.05). However, no significant difference (P> 0.05) was observed between broilers and layer.
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