Investigation of Gastrointestinal Helminths in Cattle in Ağrı Center and Its Districts

Torkamanian Afshar M., Yıldız R., Aydemir S., Yılmaz H., Şahin M., Barlık F.

second international congress on biological and health sciences, Afyonkarahisar, Turkey, 24 - 27 February 2022, pp.209

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • City: Afyonkarahisar
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.209
  • Van Yüzüncü Yıl University Affiliated: Yes


This study was carried out to determine the prevalence of gastrointestinal helminths in cattle in Ağrı center and its districts. Approximately 30-50 gr of stool samples were taken from the rectum of each cattle belonging to the family businesses and placed in stool containers in different settlements in Ağrı center and Patnos, Doğubeyazıt, Diyadin, Eleşkirt, Taşlıçay, Tutak and Hamur districts, were brought to Van Yüzüncü Yıl University Faculty of Medicine Department of Parasitology Research Laboratory. After the stool samples were dissolved in tap water, they were filtered with the help of a plastic tea strainer. The resulting filtrate was placed in centrifuge tubes and centrifuged at 1800 rpm for three minutes. The supernatant collected at the top of the tubes was removed, leaving 2-5 ml of liquid at the bottom of the tubes. Preparations were prepared from the remaining liquid and examined under a light microscope. Helminth eggs were found in 120 (52.2%) of 230 cattle whose stool samples were examined, and more than one helminth species was detected in 36 (15.7%) of these cattle. In the study, Trichostrongylus spp. in 51 (22.8%) samples, Toxocara vitulorum in 25 (10.1%), Fasciola hepatica in 19 (8.3%), Ostertagia spp. in 11 (4.8%), Trichuris spp. in eight (3.5%) and Dicrocoelium dendriticum was found in five (2.2%) samples. A high rate of gastrointestinal helminths was found in cattle in Ağrı and its districts. These parasites, which cause significant decrease in productivity and even death in cattle, are of great importance, and it is extremely important to periodically control the animals for intestinal parasites and to treat parasitized animals, especially in Ağrı province where pasture livestock is common.