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CARNEIRO, Milena Batista et al. Fasciola hepatica in sheep, goats and buffaloes in southern municipalities of Espírito Santo state. Arq. Inst. Biol. [online]. 2013, vol.80, n.4, pp.442-446. ISSN 1808-1657.

The aim of this study was to record the presence of Fasciola hepatica in sheep, goats and buffaloes in ten southern municipalities of the Espírito Santo state and to relate determinant factors of the disease in this region. A total of 34 properties in sheep, goats and buffaloes was visited by collecting fecal samples of these species to the sedimentation procedure. A total of 58 (13.68%) samples of sheep, 76 (21.78%) samples of goats and 10 (23.81%) samples of buffaloes was positive for F. hepaticaeggs. Molluscs collected were all identified as Lymnaea columella. We noted that the municipalities in the south of Espírito Santo have high rates of F. hepatica in sheep, goats and buffaloes, which makes this region a major focus of dispersal of the parasite, and that the occurrence of previous cases of fascioliasis in the properties was characterized as an epidemiological risk factor for the disease.

Keywords : epidemiology; fasciolosis; ruminants.

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