Parasites of domestic and wild animals in South Africa. VII. Helminths in pigs slaughtered at the Pretoria Municipal Abattoir

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  • SDG 2
  • Abstract:

    A total of 52 pigs slaughtered at the Pretoria Municipal Abattoir over a period of 1 year was examined for parasitic helminths. Twenty-six of these pigs were marketed by farmers and 26 by speculators. Of the pigs marketed by farmers 73,1% were found to be infested:-30,8% with Ascaris suum, 65,4% with Ascarops strongylina, 3,8% with Metastrongylus apri, 26,9% with Oesophagostomum spp., 15,4% with Trichostrongylus colubriformis and 15,4% with Trichuris suis. All the pigs marketed by speculators were infested :-7,7% with A. suum, 92,3% with A . strongylina, 11,5% with Oesophagostomum spp., 65,4% with Physocephalus sexalatus, 7, 7% with T. colubriformis and 11,5% with T. suis. The findings obtained in surveys conducted in Canada, Greece, India, the Philippines, the United Kingdom and the United States of America are quoted for comparison. Trichostrongylus colubriformis and Oesophagostomum quadrispinulatum are recorded for the first time in pigs in the Republic of South Africa.