Medycyna Wet. 63 (6), 678-680, 2007
Uslu U., Guclu F.
Prevalence of Coenurus cerebralis in sheep in Turkey
This study was carried out in order to determine the prevalence of Coenurus cerebralis in sheep slaughtered at Konet slaughterhouse between January 10, 2004, and December 31, 2005. Each month, 52 of a total of 624 sheep heads were examined for the presence of C. cerebralis. 102 of these heads were found to be infected with C. cerebralis. The prevalence of the infection was 36.71%, 24.73%, 12.66%, 8.60% and 1.50% in 6 months-1, 1-2, 2-3, 3-4 and 4-and above-year old sheep, respectively. The prevalence of the infection was 18.57% in rams and 15.21% in ewes. 75 of C. cerebralis cysts were found to be located in the left hemisphere, while 66 were located in the right hemisphere. Furthermore, 31.20% of the cysts were found at the parietooccipital region, 29.08% at the temporal region, 29.79% at the frontal region, and 9.93% were found in the cerebellum. The highest (28.20%) prevalence of infection was determined during the winter season and the lowest (2.56%) during the summer season.
Keywords: Coenurus cerebralis, sheep