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Parasitology Research

, Volume 111, Issue 4, pp 1417–1421

First Online: 08 September 2012Received: 18 May 2012Accepted: 10 August 2012


Postmortem parasitic examinations of the large intestines of 725 slaughtered horses from individual farmers in southeastern Poland were carried out. The examinations were carried out monthly since February 2006 until January 2007 except for August 2007 because of a technological stoppage in the slaughterhouse. The examinations included the intensiveness and extensiveness of the infestation of the Strongylidae belonging to the Strongylus genus. The Strongylidae were found in 26.5 % of the examined horses. Strongylus vulgaris was the most dominant nematode and had a 22.8 % prevalence, Strongylus edentatus was carried by 18.3 % of the horses. Strongylus equinus was identified only in 1.7 % of the examined horses. Our findings revealed that combined infestation of S. vulgaris and S. edentatus occurred in 100 52.1 % of the 725 horses infected by the Strongylidae. The present results indicate that the lowest prevalence of strongyle species except for S. equinus was found in January, February, and March. However, it is difficult to draw a conclusion because of an extremely low extensiveness of infestation. The results indicate that the prevalence of the Strongylidae in horses from southeastern Poland is limited.

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Author: M. B. Studzińska - K. Tomczuk - M. Demkowska-Kutrzepa - K. Szczepaniak


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