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Journal of Veterinary Medicine
Volume 2014, Article ID 980604, 4 pages
Research Article

Prevalence of Coccidiosis in Broiler Chicken Farms in Western Iran

1Department of Parasitology, Central Veterinary Laboratory, Iranian Veterinary Organization, Hamedan Veterinary Office, Mellat Street, Hamedan, 6519611156, Iran
2Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Paraveterinary Medicine, Bu-Ali Sina University, Hamedan, Iran
3Department of Poultry Disease, Iranian Veterinary Organization, Hamedan, Iran

Received 14 June 2014; Revised 14 August 2014; Accepted 26 August 2014; Published 10 September 2014

Academic Editor: William Alberto Cañón-Franco

Copyright © 2014 Jamal Gharekhani et al. 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.


The main goal of current study was to investigate the prevalence of coccidiosis in broiler farms in Hamedan province, western Iran. Chicks and fecal samples were collected in all of the 220 broiler farms in this region. All viscera were examined for gross pathological changes. The mucosa of small intestine and the caeca were examined for the presence and identification of parasitic forms using parasitology methods. The overall rate of coccidiosis was 31.8%; E. acervulina (75.7%), E. tenella (54.3%), E. necatrix (28.6%), and E. maxima (20%) were determined. Mixed infections were observed in all of the positive farms. There was a statistical significant difference among infection rate and age groups, dysentery, history of colibacilosis and clostridiosis in farm, and history of coccidiostats consumption, unlike to breed . This is the first report of coccidiosis rate in broiler farms in this region. Further additional researches and design control strategies for improving management in farms are necessary.