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Agricultural Science


Introduction What is a parasite? A Parasite is an organism which obtains its livelihood from another organism (host) which suffers damage. Parasitism is the association between a parasite and a host.   The effects of parasite on the host animal are: Depriving the host of its food. Sucking blood. Damaging the organs of the host. Cause irritation on the skin of the host. Destruction of hides and skins. Transmission of diseases. Cause obstruction in body passages.   General Symptoms of Parasites infestation: Potbellied condition. Swellings in the jaw or other areas. Rough hair or rough coat. Presence of worm segments and blood stains in the defecation.   Types of Parasites There are two types of parasites: (1) External (ecto-parasites) (2) Internal(endo-parasites) External parasites are; ticks, tsetse flies, mites, lice, fleas keds Life Cycle of ticks Eggs are laid in cracks on the ground. They hatch in 4-6 weeks into larvae… Read More »LIVESTOCK HEALTH (PARASITES) – WELL DETAILED

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