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Prevalence and aetiology of coccidiosis in broiler chickens in Bejaia province, Algeria

Nedjima Debbou-Iouknane, Hama Benbarek, Abdelhanine Ayad
Onderstepoort Journal of Veterinary Research | Vol 85, No 1 | a1590 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ojvr.v85i1.1590 | © 2018 Nedjima Debbou-Iouknane, Hama Benbarek, Abdelhanine Ayad | This work is licensed under CC Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0
Submitted: 01 December 2017 | Published: 18 September 2018

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Nedjima Debbou-Iouknane, Department of Environment Biological Sciences, University Abderrahmane Mira Bejaia, Algeria
Hama Benbarek, Department of Agricultural Sciences, University Mustapha Stambouli, Mascara, Algeria
Abdelhanine Ayad, Department of Environment Biological Sciences, University Abderrahmane Mira Bejaia, Algeria

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The prevalence of coccidiosis was determined and Eimeria species were identified in farms at different locations in the Bejaia region, Algeria. The study was conducted from February to December 2016. Unvaccinated birds were selected randomly. Samples from litter and faeces were collected randomly (147 and 109, respectively). Necropsy and parasitological examinations were carried out using standard methods. Of the samples examined, 93 out of the 147 litter samples and 78 out of the 109 intestinal content samples were infected with Eimeria oocysts (63.26% and 71.55%, respectively). Mixed infections with Eimeria spp. were observed in some of the positive farms, with an overall prevalence of 54.28%. Five species of Eimeria (viz. E. acervulina, E. tenella, E. maxima, E. brunetti and E. mitis) were identified with different indices. Eimeria acervulina followed by E. tenella were the predominant species infecting chickens at the farms visited (32.05% and 26.92%, respectively). Statistically, the most prevalent Eimeria spp. was E. Acervulina (p < 0.05). This study demonstrated that coccidiosis is an omnipresent parasitic intestinal disease. It could strongly decrease production performance in broiler chickens.


Bejaia; identification; Prevalence; Eimeria spp.; Chickens


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