A survey of lice infestation on cattle brought to an abattoir in Istanbul

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:1997
Authors:T. M. El-Metenawy
Journal:Turkish Journal of Veterinary and Animal Sciences
Pagination:477 - 481
Date Published:1997
Keywords:buffalo, cattle, lice, prevalence, Turkey, water

This survey was carried out to determine the lice species and their infestation rates on cattle brought to Kucukcekmece abattoior in Istanbul. For this purpose, a total of 1752 cattle were examined during the period from 01 April 1990 to 31 March 1991. Most (1664 heads) of the animals were from Thracia (the European part of Turkey) and some (88 heads) of them from Romania. It was determined that 27.6% out of 1752 examined cattle were infested with lice. Infestation rate was 51.6% in winter. 29.6% in spring, 7.5% in summer and 27.7% in fall. Only five species were observed on the cattle. These species and their infestation rates were as follows: 23.6% for Damalinia bovis, 2.5% for Solenopotes capillatus, 1.9% for Haematopinus eurysternus, 1.6% for Linognatus vituli and 0.3% for Haematopinus quadripertusis. Heavy infestations due to S. capiliatus, H. eurysternus and D. bovis were seen in 0.3%, 0.4% and 6.5% of the examined animals, respectively. During the study, 1 out of 7 water buffaloes was infested with lice, which were H. tuberculatus. In Turkey, H. quadripertusus was firstly seen in this study.

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