E-ISSN 2146-3077
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A new control method for Haemonchus contortus: FAMACHA©
1 Uludağ Üniversitesi, Veteriner Fakültesi, Parazitoloji Anabilim Dalı, Görükle, Bursa  
Turkiye Parazitol Derg 2006; 30: 46-49

Key Words: Haemonchus contortus, FAMACHA©, sheep, goats
Abstract

FAMACHA© is a method that has been developed against Haemonchus contortus which causes anemia in sheep and goats especially in tropical and subtropical areas. The basic principle of the method is the detection of the color changes in the mucous membrane of the eye that is caused by anemia. According to the FAMACHA© Anemia Guide, (FAG), the mucous membranes of the eyes of animals are inspected for color differences at two or three week intervals. The criteria are used for treating the animals. Thus FAG provides practical diagnosis and treatment of animals that are actually affected by H. contortus. Avoiding unnecessary treatment prevents the formation of drug resistance. The method is effective only if it is used with an effective Trichostrongylidae control program. The FAMACHA© method can be tested in Turkey where H. contortus is a problem; especially in mild and rainy areas. Furthermore, the method maybe modified for other parasites causing anemia.

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