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Journal of Infection and Molecular Biology

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J. Inf. Mol. Biol. 2 (2): 30 - 31
http://dx.doi.org/10.14737/jimb.2307-5465/2.2.30.31
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Shahzad Ashraf1*, Zafar Iqbal2, Muazzam Ali3, Haroon Rashid Chaudhry1, Nuzhat Sial3, Umair Ahsan1, Ahmed Ali4, Muhammad Zeshan Asif3
1University College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, the Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Bahawalpur–63100, Pakistan; 2Institute of Animal Nutrition and Feed Technology, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan; 3Department of Life Sciences, the Islamia University of Bahawalpur–63100, Pakistan; 4School of Animal Biology, The University of Western Australia
*Corresponding author: drshahzadbalouch@yahoo.com

ABSTRACT
A cross–sectional study was conducted to determine the prevalence of Fasciola hepatica in buffaloes of Bahawalpur District, Pakistan from May, 2010 to April. 2011. Epidemiological data on fasciolosis was collected from buffaloes at livestock farms of Bahawalpur, Ahmadpur East, Hasilpur, Khairpur Tamewali and Yazman Tehsils. Data was analyzed on the basis of seasonal prevalence and it was observed that a higher prevalence of fasciolosis occurred during autumn followed by spring and winter, while it was the lowest during summer. There was no significant difference (P > 0.05) in the prevalence of fasciolosis between the five study sites. In conclusion, this study highlights the importance of initiating a control program for fasciolosis based on regular treatment in the areas of Bahawalpur having a relatively high prevalence of fasciolosis.

Key Words: Fasciolosis, Buffaloes, Bahawalpur, Seasonal prevalence