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From: Sukie Crandall
Date: 2008-06-27 22:07:38 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] biliary parasite: trematode Pseudamphistomum truncatum
To: fhl <>

Not ferret, but minks and ferrets do share some vulnerabilities so=20
this might apply, and at times there have been cases of bile duct or=20
bile system disease in ferrets that remained a puzzle for cause, so it=20
may be useful to know that these can infect their close cousin.

Vet Parasitol. 2008 May 16. [Epub ahead of print]
Molecular and morphometric study of metacercariae and adults of=20
Pseudamphistomum truncatum (Opisthorchiidae) from roach (Rutilus=20
rutilus) and wild American mink (Mustela vison).
Skov J, Kania PW, J=F8rgensen TR, Buchmann K.
Department of Veterinary Pathobiology, Faculty of Life Sciences,=20
University of Copenhagen, Stigb=F8jlen 7, DK-1870 Frederiksberg C,=20

The presence of metacercariae and adults of the trematode=20
Pseudamphistomum truncatum in roach and mink, respectively, was=20
recorded in Lake Fure North of Copenhagen, Denmark. This zoonotic=20
digenean opisthorchiid represents a threat to humans due to its=20
ability to infect the biliary system following ingestion of=20
inadequately processed infected fish. Therefore precise species=20
identification of infective metacercariae in fish used for human=20
consumption is essential. Due to the relatively limited information on=20
metacercarial identity obtained by morphometric studies a series of=20
molecular techniques were used to link the larval parasite in fish=20
with the un-equivocally diagnosed adults in the biliary system of the=20
mink. By the use of carefully selected polymerase chain reaction (PCR)=20
primers and subsequent sequencing of the ITS region from both=20
metacercariae and adults full sequence identity of both metacercariae=20
and adults were confirmed. The presence of this parasitosis in fish=20
from a lake used for both commercial and recreational fisheries call=20
for hygienic alerts in order to prevent accidential human infection=20
with this opisthorchiid.

PMID: 18571328

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Sukie (not a vet)

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