Effect Of Acute Caprine Trypanosomiasis On Haemoglobin, Urea And Serum Electrolytes

J.N Abenga, S.A. Sanda, T.B. Idowu, F.A.G. Lawani



The effect of acute caprine trypanosomiasis on haemoglobin (Hb) concentration, urea and serum electrolytes was studied in Red Sokoto goats infected with Trypanosoma vivax. The course of infection lasted only two weeks when the infected goats died of fulminating parasitaemia and high fever. Haemoglobin concentation of the infected goats was only slightly decreased. However, the serum urea level was significantly increased (P <0.05) while Cl, K+ and HCO3 levels were slightly increased above pre-infection values by week two post infection (PI). Serum Na+ increased only in the first week PI but returned to pre-infection values by the second week.
(Af. J. of Clinical and Experimental Microbiology: 2002 3(1): 45-47)
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