OCCURRENCE OF GASTRO-ITESTINAL PARASITES IN POLISH PRIMITIVE HORSES FROM THE ROZTOCZE NATIONAL PARK, POLAND

K. Slivinska 1 , Z. Wróblewski 2  and J. Gawor 3
  • 1 Schmalhausen Institute of Zoology, NAS of Ukraine, vul. B. Khmelnitskogo, 15, Kyiv, 01601 Ukraine
  • 2 Veterinary Private Practice, Pisz, Mickiewicza, 41, Poland
  • 3 W. Stefanski Institute of Parasitology of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, ul. Twarda, 51/55, Poland

Abstract

The study was performed to investigate the gastrointestinal parasite fauna using the method of diagnostic deworming in own modification in 29 Polish primitive horses (Equus caballus) from the Roztocze National Park, south-east of Poland. The parasite community was comprised of 35 species represented by three nematode families (Strongylidae, Ascaridae, Habronematidae), one cestode family (Anoplocephalidae) and larvae of insects from the family Gasterophilidae (Diptera). Strongylidae being 100 % prevalent was represented by 31 species from the subfamily Strongylinae (6 species) and Cyathostominae (25 species). Parascaris equorum was recorded in 48.3 %, Habronema muscae in 55.2 %, tapeworms (Anoplocephala perfoliata) in 24.1 % and Gasterophilus intestinalis larvae in 41.4 % of horses surveyed. The present results showed high prevalence of pathogenic intestinal parasites, which create the risk of health problems for horses living free in the reserve as well as stabled horses, when rarely treated.

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