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Type of publication: Diploma Thesis
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Year: 2013

Authors: Küker, Susanne

Title: Coproscopy of fresh feces samples of feral horses (equus caballus) in the Danube Delta, Romania.

Other title: Parasitologische Untersuchung wildlebender Pferde (equus caballus) im Donaudelta, Rumänien

Source: Diplomarbeit, Vet. Med. Univ. Wien, pp. 25.


Walzer Christian

Van Den Hoven Rene

Vetmed Research Units:
Research Institute of Wildlife Ecology

Graduation date: 14.11.13

To investigate the prevalence of endoparasite infestations in a feral horse population roaming in the Danube Delta in Rumania, 96 fresh fecal samples were collected in May and November 2012. The combined sedimentation flotation technique was used to find worm eggs, additionally a bulk sample were examined with the Benedek`s method. The number of Strongyle eggs were determined by e modified Mc Master method. In this study, only eggs from strongyles and acarids were found in the feces. All horses were infected with strongyles, whereas the mean prevalence of Parascaris equorum infestation was 22%. Fecal egg counts showed variability in strongyle egg excretion and differed significantly (p= 0.05) between May and November, which might have been influenced from the previous winter. The present study underlines the phenomenon of a potentially over-dispersed worm burdens and demonstrates the high prevalence of strongyles in naturally infected horses

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