Table of Contents
ISRN Tropical Medicine
Volume 2013, Article ID 782609, 6 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/782609
Review Article

A Review of Some Protozoan Parasites Causing Infertility in Farm Animals

1Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria
2Department of Veterinary Medicine, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria

Received 31 August 2013; Accepted 9 October 2013

Academic Editors: A. Fleury and S. Picot

Copyright © 2013 B. Y. Kaltungo and I. W. Musa. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The paper reviews some protozoan parasites responsible for infertility in livestock with specific emphasis on neosporosis, sarcocystosis, toxoplasmosis, and trichomoniasis. It highlights the transmission, pathogenesis, clinical signs, diagnosis, prevention, control, and treatment of the individual parasite. It is concluded that these parasites are often overlooked during investigation into causes of abortion in livestock, and they may, however, be responsible for some infertilities in this group of animals which may result in severe economic losses.