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Variations in cercarial production and the level of in vitro activation of metacercariae of two different isolates of Fasciola hepatica

Kamil Januszkiewicz, Luke J. Norbury, Przemysław Wilkowski, Anna Zawistowska-Deniziak, Agnieszka Wesołowska and Halina Wedrychowicz
From the journal Acta Parasitologica


Fasciola hepatica infections cause large economic losses and are a serious veterinary medicine problem in many regions of the world. Recent studies examining fascioliasis in the bison population from Bialowieza National Park have shown that the prevalence of infection with this parasite is up to 100%. Liver flukes isolated from bison from Bialowieza National Park in Poland were compared with a fluke strain originally obtained from the Central Veterinary Laboratory, Weybridge, UK, to determine variations in cercarial production and establish the ability of their metacercariae to activate in vitro. Some small differences in cercarial production between the two isolates are shown, while significant differences in the ability of their metacercariae to activate in vitro were observed.


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Received: 2015-3-10
Revised: 2015-3-30
Accepted: 2015-4-1
Published Online: 2015-6-16
Published in Print: 2015-9-1

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