Journal of Biomedicine and Biosensors

Research Article

Assessment of Intestinal Parasites in Pseudotolithus elongatus in Brass Island

  • By Chinonye Oluchi Ezenwaka - 31 Dec 2023
  • Journal of Biomedicine and Biosensors, Volume: 3, Issue: 4, Pages: 43 - 50
  • https://doi.org/10.58613/jbb345
  • Received: October 26, 2023; Accepted: December 18, 2023; Published: December 31, 2023

Abstract

Due to the potential impact of fish parasites on public health and fish performance, as well as the importance of the fish industry and consumption, it is important to identify the group of parasitic helminths present in the commonly consumed Pseudotolithus elongatus as a track of environmental health as well as public health threats. The study was aimed at identifying intestinal parasites present in Pseudotolithus elongatus and determining the association between the infection rate and length of the fish. The observational study was conducted in the onshore area of Brass Island, Bayelsa State. A total of 50 Pseudotolithus elongatus were obtained by hired fisher men and the fish were identified and physically assessed for length, weight and diameter. The fish were killed and intestines harvested for parasitic assessment microscopically. The results revealed that there Capillaria species, Acanthocephala species, and Diplostomum commutatum were identified in the sample. Also, there was no significant (p-value>0.05) association between length and prevalence of the infection. This study has therefore revealed that though intestinal parasites were found in the fishes, the prevalence of the infection was not dependent of the length of the fishes.