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Volume 60, Issue 2


Molecular diagnosis of natural fasciolosis by DNA detection in sheep faeces

Silvana Carnevale
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  • Instituto Nacional de Enfermedades Infecciosas – ANLIS “Dr. Carlos G. Malbran”, Avenida Velez Sarsfield 563, (CP 1281) Ciudad de Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Published Online: 2015-03-25 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ap-2015-0030


Fasciolosis is an important parasitic zoonosis considered the most important helminth infection of ruminants in tropical countries. The aim of this study was to develop a PCR assay for the sensitive and specific detection of F. hepatica in formalin preserved sheep faeces. A 405-bp fragment of the cytochrome c oxidase subunit 1 gene of F. hepatica was amplified from stool samples of infected sheep. The PCR assay showed a detection limit of 20 pg of F. hepatica DNA. No cross-reactions were observed with samples containing coccidian oocysts or gastrointestinal nematodes eggs. Our PCR technique showed to be effective for specific detection of F. hepatica infections in sheep.

Keywords: Fasciola hepatica; PCR; faeces


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Received: 2014-05-28

Revised: 2014-10-26

Accepted: 2014-11-28

Published Online: 2015-03-25

Published in Print: 2015-06-01

Citation Information: Acta Parasitologica, Volume 60, Issue 2, Pages 211–217, ISSN (Online) 1896-1851, ISSN (Print) 1230-2821, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ap-2015-0030.

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