Egg in fecal from a Brangus bull
A fecal flotation was performed on a 2-year-old intact Brangus PBR bucking bull dewormed with ivermectin two weeks prior. Identify the egg recovered.
This is a Moniezia sp. egg. Moniezia spp. are cestodes transmitted to ruminants via the ingestion of infected orbatid mites on pasture while grazing. Adults of Moniezia spp. are found in the small intestines of ruminant hosts . Although these tapeworms can become quite long, they are not thought to cause much pathology, unless present in very large numbers.
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