Book Chapter

Techniques for the Diagnosis of Fasciola Infections in Animals: Room for Improvement

Cristian A Alvarez Rojas, Aaron R Jex, Robin B Gasser, Jean-Pierre Y Scheerlinck

ADVANCES IN PARASITOLOGY, VOL 85 | Advances in Parasitology | ELSEVIER ACADEMIC PRESS INC | Published : 2014

Abstract

The common liver fluke, Fasciola hepatica, causes fascioliasis, a significant disease in mammals, including livestock, wildlife and humans, with a major socioeconomic impact worldwide. In spite of its impact, and some advances towards the development of vaccines and new therapeutic agents, limited attention has been paid to the need for practical and reliable methods for the diagnosis of infection or disease. Accurate diagnosis is central to effective control, particularly given an emerging problem with drug resistance in F. hepatica. Traditional coprological techniques have been widely used, but are often unreliable. Although there have been some advances in establishing immunologic techniq..

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