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Evaluation of Hemoparasites in Trade Cattle Slaughtered In Jos Abattoir, Plateau State-Nigeria

Olabode Hamza Olatunde, Jegede Olorunfemi Cornelius, Ajagbonna Olatunde Peter, Adah Bridget Jessica, Obafemi Faith Ayobamidele.

Reports of increasing poor livestock production performance associated with hemoparasitism especially in cattle premised this hematological survey. This was conducted in order to establish the commonly encountered hemoparasites in slaughtered trade cattle in Jos abattoir between February-July 2011. Three hundred and twelve (312) blood samples were collected and analyzed at the Central Diagnostic Department and Parasitology laboratory, National Veterinary Research Institute Vom. The overall hemoparasitic infections showed that 172 (55.1%) cases revealed different types of hemoparasites with Babesia bovis in 64 (20.5%), Babesia bigemina in 36 (11.5%), Anaplasma spp in 41 (13.1%), Trypanosoma vivax in 27 (8.7%), and Theileria spp in 4 (1.3%) these hemoparasitic group was significant p

Key words: Hemo-parasites, trade cattle, Jos abattoir.

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