For goat's sake!
A herd of goats, from central Oklahoma submitted fecal samples to the Oklahoma Diagnostic Parasitology lab for fecal egg counts (FEC) and Trichostrongyles larval culture. Fecal samples look normal in appearance with FEC ranging between 500 to 2000 EPG. During larval identification the following parasites were observed:
Image 1: First stage larvae identified in culture.
Image 2: Tail of first stage larvae with dorsal spine.
This parasite is usually nonpathogenic, except when heavy infections occur. It is a Metastrongylid lungworm that infects sheep and goats, with adults living in the lung tissue or reactive nodules in the lungs. The first stage larvae are detected antemortem by the Baermann technique and characterized by having a tail with a dorsal spine.
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