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Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-3012

Schweizer, G; Meli, M L; Torgerson, P R; Lutz, H; Deplazes, P; Braun, U (2007). Prevalence of Fasciola hepatica in the intermediate host Lymnaea truncatula detected by real time TaqMan PCR in populations from 70 Swiss farms with cattle husbandry. Veterinary Parasitology, 150(1-2):164-169.

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Bovine fasciolosis is an economically important parasitic disease. Quantitative real time PCR was utilized to determine the prevalence of Fasciola hepatica in the snail intermediate host Lymnaea truncatula from 70 selected, infected Swiss cattle farms, and to gain information on the infection risk to the definitive host. Snails from 130 habitats (36 streams, 21 wells, 24 drainage ditches, 33 spring swamps, 14 reeds, 1 drainage shaft and 1 pond) originating from 71 dairy cow pastures, 39 pastures for young stock, 14 hay fields and 6 dry cow pastures were collected. Of these, 51 populations were found to be infected with F. hepatica. A total of 4733 snails were examined of which 331 were infected (7.0%). The numbers of snails collected from different sites ranged from 1 to 159 snails. Clustering of infection in snails was found on the farm of origin with a mixed logistic model with random effects. The risk of infection of L. truncatula with F. hepatica was significantly higher in populations originating from spring swamps, wells and reeds compared to populations from streams. In addition the risk of snail infection was significantly lower in populations collected in young stock and dry cow pastures compared to dairy cow pastures. The greater the population size collected from a habitat also increased the risk of an individual snail being infected.


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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:05 Vetsuisse Faculty > Veterinary Clinic > Department of Farm Animals
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
630 Agriculture
Deposited On:12 Aug 2008 09:51
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 12:25
Publisher DOI:10.1016/j.vetpar.2007.08.006
PubMed ID:17935887

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