Pharmaceutical treatments of gastrointestinal nematode infections of sheep-Future of anthelmintic drugs

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Abstract

Various interacting factors have been identified to explain why health plans for nematode parasite control, based on conventional epidemiological knowledge and involving pharmaceutical treatments of their sheep hosts have become unsustainable. Of these, the emergence of anthelmintic resistance has had a major impact on the economics of sheep farming, necessitating fundamental managemental changes. This review focusses on the use of anthelmintic drugs for the control of gastrointestinal nematode infections in sheep, emphasising the need to develop sustainable strategies in the face of inevitable parasite evolution in response to exposure to anthelmintic drugs and other noxious stimuli, or favourable opportunities resulting from changing animal management and climatic factors.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79-84
Number of pages6
JournalVeterinary Parasitology
Volume189
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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