Occurrence of intestinal parasites in a breeding of ostrich (Strutio camelus)

Veterinarni Medicina 44, 1999, 221-223

A total of 359 faecal samples were collected from ostriches of various age groups (2 weeks, less than 1 month, 2-3 months, 3-7 months, 7-12 months, adult individuals) in a farm breeding in Multip Moravia, Studenka. The samples were examined by four different methods: flotation using Sheather's sugar solution, staining with Heidenhain's iron haematoxylin using the method of Noller-Westphal-Gonnert, cultivation in egg-slant medium (LES) and Diamond's TYM medium. High prevalence of Blastocystis sp. was observed in all the age groups (Tab. I), but the intensity of infection was mostly inappreciable. A very small number of oocysts of a coccidium of the genus Isospora was found in two birds younger than one month. No other parasites were found and therefore we believe that the intestinal parasites do not represent any important obstacle to a farm breeding of African ostrich

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