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SCREENING OF SARCOCYSTIS IN FROZEN MEAT SUPPLIED TO TIOMAN ISLAND, MALAYSIA.

Sarcocystis is a disease cause by an intracellular protozoan parasite namely Sarcocystis spp. The disease was seen as a potential emerging food-borne zoonosis. In Malaysia, there were no reported cases published in screening and detection of sarcocystis in frozen meat and meat product. The aim of this study is to determine the status of sarcocystis in frozen meat supplied to Tioman Island. A total of twenty-three frozen meat samples from cattle, buffalo, goat, chicken and quail were bought from supermarket and wet market nearby 2 main jetty to Tioman Island (Tanjung Gemuk, Pahang and Mersing, Johor) and 2 jetty at Tioman Island (Tekek and Kampung Salang, Pahang). All the samples were examined macroscopically before proceed with digestion technique and histological examination. Based on the findings, there was no macroscopic cyst found upon examination. A total of 13 samples were positive for Sarcocystis spp. with 63.6% (7 of 11) was buffalo meat, 60.0% (3 of 5) was beef, 50.0% (1 of 2) was chevon, 33.3% (1 of 3) was chicken and 50.0% (1 of 2) was quail meat. In Malaysia, this is the first findings of sarcocystis found in frozen meat with 56.5% prevalence rate.

Z.A. Fazly Ann, J. Niny Fariza, W.O.B. Wan Normaziah, S. Geethamalar, N. A. Muhamad Syamsul Naim, V. Khebir and M. Ramlan

Veterinary Research Institute, 59 Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, 31400, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Corresponding Author: Fazly Ann Zainalabidin

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Z.A. Fazly Ann, J. Niny Fariza, W.O.B. Wan Normaziah, S. Geethamalar, N. A. Muhamad Syamsul Naim, V. Khebir and M. Ramlan (2014) Screening of Sarcocystis in Frozen Meat Supplied to Tioman Island, Malaysia. 26th VAM Congress “Challenges of Globalisation Veterinary Services & Livestock Industries: Beyond 2020”, 20th-22nd June 2014,  Palm Garden Hotel, Putrajaya, Malaysia, pp. 66


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