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Efficacy of an in-feed formulation containing ivermectin for the control of intestinal strongyles in captive zebras (Equus burchelli (Gray, 1824)).
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20071086     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The efficacy of medicated food pellets (containing 10mg of ivermectin per kg, UNIFEED, Veronesi, Verona, Italy) was evaluated for the control of intestinal strongyles in a group of captive zebras (Equus burchelli) at the Safari Park, Fasano (Apulia region, Brindisi Province, southern Italy). The egg reappearance period and the faecal egg counts in terms of eggs per gram of faeces were investigated. From day 0 until day +9, 30 zebras were fed with medicated pellets and pooled faecal samples were collected from the floor of paddocks. The drug showed an efficacy of 100% for up to 78 days post-treatment, with one exception. Strongyle eggs collected prior to the treatment were used to perform coprocultures and larvae harvested were molecularly identified as Cylicostephanus minutus and Cylicocyclus leptostomum with a reverse line blot hybridization assay. The administration of ivermectin with medicated food pellets was effective in controlling intestinal strongylosis in captive zebras. The opportunity to treat captive ungulates with an in-feed anthelmintic is discussed in relation to the fractious nature of these animals, which often impairs helminth control programs in zoo-parks.
Riccardo P Lia; Donato Traversa; Piero Laricchiuta; Filipe Dantas-Torres; Romina Paradies; Michel Alvinerie; Rosina C Krecek; Domenico Otranto
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2009-12-28
Journal Detail:
Title:  Veterinary parasitology     Volume:  169     ISSN:  1873-2550     ISO Abbreviation:  Vet. Parasitol.     Publication Date:  2010 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-03-23     Completed Date:  2010-07-07     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7602745     Medline TA:  Vet Parasitol     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  133-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Dipartimento di Sanità Pubblica e Zootecnia, Facoltà di Medicina Veterinaria, Università degli Studi di Bari, Strada prov.le per Casamassima km 3, Valenzano (Bari), Italy.
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MeSH Terms
Administration, Oral
Animals, Zoo / parasitology*
Antiparasitic Agents / administration & dosage*
Equidae / parasitology*
Feces / parasitology
Ivermectin / administration & dosage*
Parasitic Diseases, Animal / drug therapy*
Strongylida / physiology
Strongylida Infections / drug therapy,  veterinary*
Time Factors
Treatment Outcome
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Antiparasitic Agents; 70288-86-7/Ivermectin

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