Optimization of the procedure for counting the eggs of Fasciola gigantica in bovine faeces
Suhardono,, Roberts, J.A., and Copeman, D.B. (2006) Optimization of the procedure for counting the eggs of Fasciola gigantica in bovine faeces. Tropical Animal Health and Production, 38 (5). pp. 383-387.
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This paper describes a method for counting eggs of F. gigantica in bovine faeces that optimizes the proportion of eggs recovered and the repeatability of estimates. The method uses 3 g of faeces suspended in 0.05% Tween 20. The suspension is passed through three 6 cm diameter sieves in tandem to remove fibrous debris, with respective apertures of 1 mm, 450 μm, and either 266 or 200 μm. The filtrate is allowed to sediment for 3 min in a conical flask; the sediment is recovered, then resuspended in 200 ml of 0.05% Tween 20 and allowed to sediment. After 3 min the sediment is washed in a sieve with an aperture of 53 μm, which retains the eggs. Eggs suspended in 15 ml of 1% methylene blue are counted using a dissecting microscope. Use of Tween 20 instead of water as the suspending agent for faeces gave a significant threefold increased the proportion of eggs recovered and reduced variability between repeated counts. This method is able to detect about one-third of the eggs present. It was concluded that the high proportion of F. gigantica eggs lost may be due to the presence of hydrophobic and covalent bonds on the eggs that bind them to debris, with which they are discarded.
|Item Type:||Article (Refereed Research - C1)|
|Keywords:||Fasciola gigantica; bovine faeces; egg count|
|FoR Codes:||07 AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES > 0707 Veterinary Sciences > 070708 Veterinary Parasitology @ 100%|
|SEO Codes:||83 ANIMAL PRODUCTION AND ANIMAL PRIMARY PRODUCTS > 8303 Livestock Raising > 830301 Beef Cattle @ 100%|
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