Journal Month: June
Published On: 11-10-2018 07:00:00
B.M.A. Latif and W.A. Khamas*
Department of Veterinary Basic Sciences, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine,
Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid, P.O. Box 3030, Jordan.
*College of Veterinary Medicine, Western University of
Health Sciences, 309 E. Second Street, Pomona, CA 91766.
Samples of oesophagus, diaphragm, skeletal muscles and heart from 110 camels (Camelus dromedarius) slaughtered in Al-Ramtha province, Jordan were examined for sarcocystiosis using both muscle squash and squeezing methods. Positive samples were processed for light (LM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Sarcocysts were detected in 24 (21.8%) of 110 camels examined. The most common sites for sarcocysts location were found in oesophagus (83.3%), followed by diaphragm (33.3%), skeletal muscles (20.8%) and heart (4.2%). These cysts were thin–walled (upto 0.8 μm) and thick–walled (upto 1.75 μm). They contained large number of banana-shaped bradyzoites and several metrocytes. The cysts are studded with villar protrusions all around extending into the myofibres where relatively large numbers of mitochondria are present.
Key words: Camel, electron microscopy, Northern Jordan, sarcocystiosis