Flashcards in Clinical parasitology in grazing animals Deck (39)
What are 4 important internal parasites in grazing animals?
Nematodes (all spp)
Liver fluke (ruminants including camelids)
What are important features of a NEMATODE lifecycle?
PPP 3 weeks
Best larval development when warm and moist (late summer/early autumn)
Larvae survive freezing, not dessication
Outline liver fluke/trematode LC.
Egg (in faeces) --> miracidium (enters snail) --> Sporocyct --> redia --> cercariae (out of snail, onto vegetation) --> metacercaria (encysts on vegetation) --> eaten and develops into mature fluke in liver.
What % of nematode population live within host?
Small amount as 95% larvae live in bottom inch of herbage.
N.b. 80% eggs are passed by 20% animals
What is 'Targeted Collective Treatment'?
when you treat only the animals which are infected.
Outline the succession of species of worm in grazing animals
Nematodirus battus, Teladorsagia (Ostertagia), Haemonchus, Trichstrongylus and fluke (acute, chronic)
Which worm has a barber's pole appearance?
When do you see acute and chronic fluke?
Acute = Sep-Dec
Chronic = Jan-Mar
What are the major parasites of ruminants?
What is the 'HOT' acronym?
Reflects size of nematode parasites found in ruminant abomasum:
Haemonchus - 2cm
Ostertagia (cattle) - 1cm
Teladorsagia (sheep) - 0.5cm
Where are Trichostrongylus and Nematodirus found anatomically?
What are the harmful effects of nematodes?
CLINICAL - diarrhoea, weight loss, death
SUB-CLINICAL - reduced weight gain, all grazing animals, LOP
What is the mechanism of nematode harmful effects?
Reduced appetite (70% drop in DMI and weight gain)
Altered gut structure and function
Immune and inflammatory responses
Energy cost of I.R.
Why does protein loss occur in PGE? 4
Increased secretion of mucous and IgA
Increased cell turnover in mucosa
Increased mucosal permeability
Local Ag/Ab reaction in gut --> local vasodilation
What is the FAMACHA Test?
provides a semi-quantitative assessment of anaemia (e.g. caused by Haemonchus). A colour chart is held up against MM to classiy level of anaemia. Aim is to decrease amount of ATHM. used to decrease resistance risk.
What effects can trematodes cause?
ACUTE - liver damage, high number of fluke
CHRONIC - blood and protein loss. Hyperplasia of bile ducts
How might the harmful effects differ between growing and adult animals?
reduced weight gain/weight loss
weight loss and poor BCS
+/- decreased reproductive performance
decreased milk/wool production and performance
Adult host immunity is good except in which instances? 4
PPRI (due to IgA--> mammary gland, ewes especially)
Liver fluke (always poor immunity versus this)
What is the source of parasites in the spring?
over wintered larvae on pasture - major source
larvae from adult animals - minor source
What are the main parasite threats in spring?
N. battus (overwintered eggs)
Type 2 Ostertagiasis in young cattle (late winter really)
When do liver fluke eggs start to hatch?
What are the main parasite threats in summer?
Nematodes - calves, lambs, goats
Lambs/goats - primarily Telodorsagia
Subclinical effect of bovine PGE/bovine ostertagiosis
When do pasture larval levels peak?
When do liver fluke metacercariae enter snails?
What are the main parasite threats in autumn?
Nematodes (calves, lambs, goats)
Sheep/goat - primarily Trichostrongylus
Subclinical effects - PGE
What is acute fasciolosis?
From ingestion of millions of metacercariae --> immature fluke tracks in liver. If there are many of these, liver failure will ensue.
How can endoparasites be controlled? 4
Limit exposure of susceptible animals to large numbers of larvae
Anthelmintics to break parasite LC
Minimise numbers of susceptible animals
What is SCOPS?
Sustainable Control of Parasites in sheep
Best advice to use, many farmers follow this
What is COW?
Control of Worms Sustainably