A survey on cryptosporidial infection in horse in Urmia area, northwestern Iran

Document Type: Short paper

Authors

1 Department of Pathobiology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Urmia, Urmia, Iran

2 Private Practitioner

3 Department of Basic Sciences, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Urmia, Urmia, Iran

Abstract

To investigate the prevalence of Cryptosporidium infection in horses, a total of 221 faecal specimens
were collected from 18 villages of Urmia, northwestern Iran. The samples were studied microscopically by
modified Ziehl-Neelsen staining. The cryptosporidial infection was found in the collected samples from 11 of
18 villages. Although the prevalence of the infection was 15.8%, none of the infected horses appeared
clinically ill.

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