Fasciola hepatica

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Fas·ci·o·la he·pat·'i·ca

the common liver fluke inhabiting the bile ducts of sheep and cattle; the intermediate hosts are aquatic snails, Lymnaea or related genera; after the cercariae escape, they become encysted on water plants by which they gain access to the intestinal canal; rarely, this fluke is reported from humans, in whom it may cause considerable biliary damage.
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Fasciola hepatica

A species that infests the liver and bile ducts of cattle, sheep, and other herbivores; the common liver fluke. Infested aquatic plants are the source of human infection. See: illustration
See also: Fasciola


a genus of flukes (digenetic trematode) in the family Fasciolidae.

Fasciola gigantica
found in the liver of domestic livestock and is the common liver fluke of Africa. Similar anatomically to F. hepatica but much larger. Causes fascioliasis.
Fasciola hepatica
found in the liver parenchyma and bile ducts of sheep, cattle and most other domesticated species and humans. In humans and horses, the unusual hosts, the flukes may be in lungs or other unusual sites and they are often in the lungs of cattle. Causes fascioliasis.
Fasciola jacksoni
found in elephants. Causes a disease similar to ovine fascioliasis.
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Host influence on the banding profiles of wholebody protein and excretory-secretory product of Fasciola hepatica (Trematoda) by isoelectric focusing.
A PCR-RFLP assay for the distinction between Fasciola hepatica and Fasciola gigantica.
Efficacy of an injectable combination anthelmintic (nitroxynil+clorsulon+ivermectin) against early immature Fasciola hepatica compared to triclabendazole combination flukicides given orally or topically to cattle.
The relationship between normocytic hypochromic anaemia and iron concentration together with hepatic enzyme activities in cattle infected with Fasciola hepatica.
Fasciola hepatica infection; an unusual cause of severe anemia [in Dutch].
Lack of reversion in triclabendazole-resistant Fasciola hepatica.
Fasciola hepatica in buffaloes from Corrientes Province, Argentina.
Key words: Fasciola hepatica, Bubalus bubalis, prevalence, Corrientes, Argentina.
The purpose of the study was to determine the prevalence of the fluke Fasciola hepatica in capybaras (Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris) from Corrientes, Argentina, for its possible role in the epizootiology of hepatic fasciolosis in other possible hosts.
Key words: Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris, Fasciola hepatica, parasitism, Corrientes, Argentina.
Identifcation of a 17-kDa Fasciola hepatica immunodiagnostic antigen by enzyme-linked immunoelectrotransfer blot technique.
sinensis, and domestic ruminants serve as reservoirs for Fasciola hepatica infections (1,14).