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Online Journal of Veterinary Research

Volume 23 (3):226-232, 2019.

Prevalence of Ostertagia spp., serum pepsinogen and protein levels in sheep.


Houida Hamle Abed, Mohammed Thabit Salih Al-Zubaidi.


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




Abed HH, Salih Al-Zubaidi MT., Prevalence of Ostertagia spp., and serum pepsinogen and protein levels in sheep, Onl J Vet Res., 23(3):226-232, 2019. Authors report presence of Ostertagia spp in 240 abomasa of slaughtered sheep in Iraq over 12 months. Blood was taken at slaughter for determination of serum pepsinogen (ELISA) and protein (BIURET) from 10 normal and 50 infested sheep. Of 240 abomasa, 103 were infested by Ostertagia spp equating to a prevalence of ~43%. Of 35 females ~54% were affected, and of 168 males 39%. Of 132 sheep aged <1y had higher (P<0.01) incidence (49%) compared with those >2y (28.21%). We found higher (P < 0.01) serum pepsinogen in infested animals (96.85 2.34 IU/L), compared with controls (60.80 4.56 IU/L) but we found no effect on serum albumin or globulin levels.


Key Words: Ostertagia, age, sex, total protein, albumin, globulin, pepsinogen.