Chickens / Diagnostics / Ethiopia / Laboratory / Pathogens

High prevalence of Eimeria oocytes in faecal samples collected from indigenous chickens in Horro and Jarso woredas

Lisa Luu, MSc student (University Liverpool) has just completed her research project ‘Coccidiosis in Ethiopian village chickens ; epidemiology and identification of Eimeria species using real time PCR’.  Together with members of the Chicken Health 4 Development team, Lisa’s study has shown that there is a high prevalence of Eimeria oocytes in faecal samples collected from indigenous chickens in Horro and Jarso.  In addition, all seven chicken Eimeria species were found to be circulating within Ethiopian.  Molecular characterisation of oocytes highlighted regional differences in the predominant species circulating within each study area.  The findings from this study will soon be published.

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