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Point Prevalence of Balantidium Coli in Stray Pigs of Kota, Rajasthan

Sonu Yadav, Abhishek Gupta, Vijayata, Devendra Prasad Pateer

Department of Veterinary Parasitology, Post Graduate Institute of Veterinary Education & Research, Agra Road, Jaipur 302031, India

Published in the Indian Veterinary Journal November 2022 : 99 (11) - pages 69 to 71
(Received: , Accepted: )


The present study was conducted to assess the point prevalence of Balantidium coli in the stray pig population of Kota, Rajasthan. A total of 237 faecal samples were collected randomly from stray pigs and examined for the presence of B. coli. Coprological examination revealed that 34 out of 237faecalsamples were found to be positive for B. coli with an overall prevalence rate of 14.35%. The study presents a considerable prevalence rate of balantidiosis in the stray pig population in the study area and highlights the suitability of the study area for the perpetuation and transmission of infection. Current study also indicates the public health threat posed by the infection and demands comprehensive studies for monitoring and tactical control of B. coli infection.

Key Words: Balantidiosis, porcine, Rajasthan, risk assessment

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