Diagnostic tests for Fasciola hepatica (liver fluke) in ruminant livestock

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The common liver fluke, Fasciola hepatica, is one of the most important internal parasites of livestock in many regions around Australia. Egg sedimentation from faecal samples has been the most common detection test for liver fluke infestation in live animals for several decades. However this test is very time consuming and has a low sensitivity, detecting up to only about 60-70% of infected animals (Palmer et al., 2014). This project will investigate and validate a modified sedimentation technique aiming for an increased sensitivity. It will also investigate the diagnostic value for sheep of a commercially available faecal antigen ELISA test including examining how testing using pooled sheep faecal samples compares with testing individual faecal samples. The ability to test pooled faecal samples will increase the appeal of the ELISA test for commercial diagnostic testing for sheep producers.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event2015 NZSP & ASP Annual Conference - Crowne Plaza, Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 29 Jun 201502 Jul 2015


Conference2015 NZSP & ASP Annual Conference
Country/TerritoryNew Zealand
OtherCelebrating the best parasitology research with an outstanding mix of quality international, New Zealand and Australian scientists.


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