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Online Journal of Veterinary Research

Volume 23 (3):178-184, 2019.


Prevalence of Eimeria spp. in sheep in Iraq.


Shahla Rasol Fadel, Haider Mohammed Ali Al-Rubaie, Nasir Sadiq Jafer, Hiba Ali Ganim Al-Sead.


Department of Parasitology, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Baghdad, Baghdad, Iraq.




Fadel SR, Ali Al-Rubaie HM, Jafer NS, Ganim Al-Sead HA., Prevalence of Eimeria spp. in Sheep in Iraq, Onl J Vet Res., 23 (3):178-184, 2019. Prevalence of Eimeria spp. in sheep in 4 locations surrounding Baghdad, Iraq is reported. We tested feces of 200 sheep and found an infection rate of ~30%, mostly in sheep less (P< 0.01) than 6 months (~69%) followed by 6 -12 months (27.5%) and 12-24 months (18.5%). Incidence in males was 25.3% (P <0.01) compared with females 34.7%. Most cases occurred during winter (January) 45% with lower incidence in March (15.55%). Highest (P<0.01) infection rates 70% (7/10) were found in sheep grazed at the College of Veterinary Medicine and lowest in Al-Baiae 23.52% (20/85). We find high incidence of Eimeira spp in young female sheep located in Baghdad city.


Key Words: Eimeria spp, sheep, prevalence, Iraq.