Between March and October 1996, fecal samples of 846 horses were examined for the presence of parasites by flotation technique. One part of the samples (123) was collected from the horses admitted to the Surgery Hospital of the University of Veterinary Science, and the others (723) originated from various places of Hungarian studs and smaller stocks of horses. In the total of horses, 55% were infected with some species of intestinal parasites, namely 52% of the samples contained strongyle eggs, 15% showed Parascaris equorum, 11% both strongyle and P. equorum, 2% contained eggs or oocysts of other species (Strongyloides westeri, Oxyuris equi, Anoplocephalidae, Eimeria leuckarti). The rate of infection was lower in aged animals. The prevalence of infection in mares was somewhat higher (57%) than that in stallions (52%) and geldings (46%). The frequency of P. equorum infection was more common in stallions (18%) than in mares (10%). The prevalence of infection in horses kept indoors was insignificantly lower than in those turned out to graze. The prevalence varied between 6% and 100% in horses depending on the time and choice of anthelmintic medication.
|Translated title of the contribution||Prevalence of internal parasites of horses in Hungary by fecal examination|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Magyar Allatorvosok Lapja|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 1 1999|
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