26th International Conference of the World Association for the Advancement of Veterinary Parasitology
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 4-8 September 2017
Scientists from ViParc, a research project on antimicrobials and chicken production in Vietnam, presented preliminary results on parasitic burdens in household chicken flocks at a scientific conference that took place in Kuala Lumpur from 4-8 September.
Attending the 26th International Conference of the World Association for the Advancement of Veterinarian Parasitology (WAAVP), ViParc scientists Nguyen Thi Bich Van and Nguyen Thi Hong Nhi drew attention to the impact of helminths on chickens raised by household farmers. Their poster, entitled Prevalence and Burden of Gastro-intestinal Helminths in Small Scale Chicken Flocks in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam, put forward potential association between helminth counts and chicken weight at slaughter. This work has been carried out in collaboration with Dr. Alexis Ribas, a parasitologist from the University of Barcelona (Spain).
With initial data from 28 flocks, collected from March-August 2017 in the Vietnamese province of Dong Thap, ViParc found the prevalence of parasitic worms in chicken guts to be high, at 60.7 percent. Among the flocks followed, six had both nematodes and cestodes, while 11 had only nematodes.
These preliminary results form the basis for a larger analysis of data from the entire ViParc cohort of 90 farms, expected to be completed in 2019. Findings on gastro-intestinal helminths will be incorporated into a holistic intervention to help farmers address chicken diseases, including parasitic infections, and thereby reduce their antimicrobial usage.
The WAAVP Conference, attended by over 600 delegates from 56 countries, provided Ms. Van and Ms. Nhi with the opportunity to learn from some of the world’s best parasitologists. Representing the parasitology component of ViParc, their poster was of part the official event program that showcased more than 300 oral presentations and 200 posters.