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Revista de Producción Animal

On-line version ISSN 2224-7920


PALACIO COLLADO, Danays et al. Seasonal Behavior of Fasciola hepatica in Cattle Slaughtered at Chacuba Abattoir, Camaguey, Cuba.. Rev. prod. anim. [online]. 2017, vol.29, n.1, pp.30-35. ISSN 2224-7920.

With the objective to determine the existence of seasonal patterns of infection with Fasciola hepatica in slaughtered bovines in Camagüey province, monthly records were used for the 13 059 slaughtered bovines carried out in Chacuba slaughterhouse, a basic unit belonging to the Terso Cattle Commercializing Company, in Camagüey, Cuba, from January 2008 to December 2014. There were 2 387 animals affected by F. hepatica according to the anatomic-pathologic diagnosis carried out at the slaughterhouse. The disease prevalence in slaughtered and infected animals was determined for the whole period to be of 18.25 %. The process of seasonal decomposition with an additive model revealed for the first time in Camagüey, the existence of a seasonal pattern for affected bovines with Fasciola hepatica, as well as for the amount and the prevalence. The seasonal patterns were characterized by peaks in February, October and December for the two studied variables. It's recommended to evaluate the dynamics of the intermediate host and larval stages of F. hepatica to correlate with the observed seasonal patterns.

Keywords : cattle; hepatica; parasitic infections; seasonality.

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