Hepatogenous photosensitisation in Scottish sheep casued by Dicrocoelium dendriticum

Sargison, N.D., Baird, G.J., Sotiraki, S., Gilleard, J.S. and Busin, V. (2012) Hepatogenous photosensitisation in Scottish sheep casued by Dicrocoelium dendriticum. Veterinary Parasitology, 189(2-4), pp. 233-237. (doi:10.1016/j.vetpar.2012.04.018) (PMID:22564662)

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Abstract

Dicrocoeliosis was identified as the probable predisposing cause of weight loss and hepatogenous photosensitisation affecting half of a group of 14 month-old ewe lambs on a farm on the Inner Hebridean island of Coll. Oral dosing of the ewe lambs with 15 mg/kg albendazole only achieved a 79.2% reduction in Dicrocoelium dendriticum egg count, 21 day post treatment. Thus, this report of dicrocoeliosis differs from the disease that occurs elsewhere, both in the severity and nature of its clinical signs, and in the response of the parasite to anthelmintic drug treatment. These differences could indicate the existence of a genetically divergent D. dendriticum population, which may have evolved within the unique and isolated biotope afforded by the machair on the island of Coll. Better understanding of these factors is a prerequisite for effective and sustainable disease control.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Busin, Valentina
Authors: Sargison, N.D., Baird, G.J., Sotiraki, S., Gilleard, J.S., and Busin, V.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Veterinary Medicine
Journal Name:Veterinary Parasitology
ISSN:0304-4017
ISSN (Online):1873-2550
Published Online:18 April 2012

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