Blood Parasites in Domestic Birds in Central Iran
authors Mirzaei, F; Siyadatpanah, A; Norouzi, R; Pournasir, S; Nissapatorn, V; Pereira, MD
nationality International
author keywords blood parasites; central Iran; domestic birds; Haemoproteus; Leucocytozoon; Plasmodium
abstract Parasites may affect the dynamics of bird populations. Plasmodium, Leucocytozoon and Haemoproteus are well-known avian haematozoa that can trigger decreased productivity and high mortality in domesticated birds. In this study, we evaluated the prevalence of avian blood parasites (Plasmodium, Leucocytozoon and Haemoproteus) against 335 birds of 8 species in the Yazd province in central Iran. To detect blood parasites, Giemsa-stained blood smears were prepared. Of the birds, 11.64% (39/335) were infected with at least one parasite genus, particularly Haemoproteus (32.6%; 23/335). The total prevalence values for Plasmodium, Haemoproteus and Leucocytozoon were 1.7, 6.8 and 2.9%, respectively. Plasmodium had lower prevalence rates of 1.7% (6/335). Among birds, pigeons, hens and ducks have the highest prevalence of Haemoproteus, Leucocytozoon and Plasmodium parasites at 1.7%, 6.8% and 2.9%, respectively. Results from this research extend our knowledge on the incidence of avian blood parasites in domesticated birds living in central Iran. The overall low incidence of avian blood parasites in birds was found in the Yazd province, Iran.
publisher MDPI
isbn 2306-7381
year published 2020
volume 7
issue 3
digital object identifier (doi) 10.3390/vetsci7030126
web of science category Veterinary Sciences
subject category Veterinary Sciences
unique article identifier WOS:000581418700001
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