STUDY ON FATAL HEPATIC COCCIDIOSIS IN RABBITS OF KASHMIR VALLEY
Asiya Magray, A. R. Khan and Majidah Rasheed
P G Department of Zoology, University of Kashmir, Srinagar (J&K) India
e-mail: asiya_magray @yahoo.com
Hepatic coccidiosis occurred in rabbits belonging to different ages, sexes and breeds during the years from March -2004 to February- 2006. The clinical signs were anorexia, loss of weight, pallor of mucous membrane, debilitation, list-diarrhoea, icterus and rough hair coat. Impression smears from the liver nodules revealed the presence of numerous developmental stages of Eimeria stiedai. At necropsy, an enlarged liver with multifocal whitish nodules of 1 mm to 1cm size on the surface and throughout the parenchyma was seen. The epithelia of the bile ducts were also hyperplastic. Histopathology of the liver showed periportal fibrosis with marked thickening of the bile ductules and infiltration of their walls by mononuclear cells mainly lymphocytes and plasma cells.
Keywords: Hepatic coccidiosis, rabbits, anorexia, loss of weight, pallor of mucous membrane, debilitation, list-diarrhoea, icterus, Histopathology