Prevalence of Eimeria Species in Sheep in Sulaimaniya Province, Iraq
Sattar Ibrahim Kareem, Şükran Yağci Yücel
The aim of this study is to determine the prevalence of Eimeria species in sheep in Sulaimaniya province, Iraq-region, between August-2012 - March 2013. The material collected for the present study was comprised of 150 sheep at nine different locations. The faecal samples consist of 28 lambs (0-6 month-old), 55sheep (6-12 month-old) and 67 sheep (˃12 month old). The faecal samples were taken directly from the rectum. Oocysts of Eimeria species were found in 108 (72%) of sheep and were infected with a total of 11 species. According to the age groups 0-6 month-old lambs were recorded with highest rate. In this study 150 sheep were examined, among them 28% was not infected, 6.48 %infected with single species of Eimeria, and 67.33 %were mixed infection, and highest rate of mixed infection include 6 Eimeria species. As a result this study was to determine the prevalence of coccidiosis in sheep in Sulaimaniya province.