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DETECTION OF INTESTINAL PARASITES IN LABORATORY ANIMALS (RATS AND MICE)

Bassad A. Al-Aboody*, Rabab Ali Al-Mosawi and Alyaa A. Hafedh

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Across section study was conducted on intestinal parasites of laboratory animals from November 2015 to March 2016 in Animal houses of the college of science in Thi –Qar University. The present study were carried out on the total of 100 laboratory animals which 50 mice and 50 rats, out of the 100 fecal samples examined by sedimentation test in which the overall prevalence with different types of intestinal parasites was 66% of which 68% for rats and 64% for mice there were no significant deferent between those animals. The result showed that most of infections were with 50% single parasites, followed by double parasites 37.5%, regarding triple infections there were 12.5%, parasites were identified in the present study as: Nyctotherus muris with the higher incidence of 25%, followed by Trichmonas muris 23%, Giardia muris 20%, Entamoeba muris17%, Hymenolepis SPP 9% and the least infection Chilomastix 5%. The present study indicated that laboratory animals in the animal house were infested with intestinal parasites Therefore, the animal house should be concerned to handle laboratory animals with care and personnel working with laboratory animals should aware the risk of parasitic zoonosis from these animals.

Keywords: Intestinal Parasites, animal house (rats and mice), Laboratory animals, Naseryia city.


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