Advances in Animal and Veterinary Sciences

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Adv. Anim. Vet. Sci. 8(11): 1180-1183
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Mustafa Kamal1*, Wali Khan2, Noor Un Nisa3, Ghazala Yasmeen1, Habib Ul Hassan1, Ihsanullah1

1Department of Zoology, University of Karachi, Karachi-75270, Pakistan; 2Department of Zoology, University of Malakand, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan; 3Vertebrate Pest Control Institute, PARC-Southern Zone Agricultural Research Centre, Karachi University Campus, Karachi-75270, Pakistan.

Abstract | Pigeons are infected with many endo and ecto parasites. Raillietina spp. is the most prevalent parasite of pigeons. An adult male pigeon was brought to the laboratory of Parasitology, University of Malakand with clinical signs of diarrhea, emaciation and droopiness. After dissection 223 Raillietina tapeworms were recovered from the small and large intestine. The digestive tract was fully obstructed by these parasites. The intestine was thickened due to high number of parasites and mucus exudate. Hemorrhage was noted in the intestine at different points. Further studies are required to know the prevalence and zoonotic importance of this tapeworm.

Keywords | Pigeon, Raillietiniasis, Raillietina spp., Tapeworm, Hemorrhage