Potential role of hares in the spread of liver fluke in the Netherlands

S.M. Walker, C. Johnston, E.M. Hoey, I. Fairweather, F.H.M. Borgsteede, C.P.H. Gaasenbeek, P.A. Prodohl, A. Trudgett

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    Abstract

    Hares (Lepus europeanus) sharing pasture with cattle from six locations in the Netherlands were examined for the presence of liver fluke (Fasciola hepatica) and shown to have prevalences of infection ranging from 0 to 41%. The mitochondrial haplotypes of liver flukes present in the hare populations were determined and compared with those found in cattle from a farm where triclabendazole resistance has been reported. Phylogenetic analysis indicated that the flukes present in the hares belonged to the same clades as those present in the cattle. A consideration of the life cycle of the liver fluke and the seasonal breeding pattern and ecology of hares supports the suggestion that hares may act as a refugia for liver fluke and as a vector for the spread of drug-resistant genotypes.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)179-181
    JournalVeterinary Parasitology
    Volume177
    Issue number1-2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2011

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    Hares
    liver flukes
    Fasciola hepatica
    hares
    Netherlands
    triclabendazole
    cattle
    Lepus
    flukes
    Trematoda
    refuge habitats
    Ecology
    life cycle (organisms)
    Life Cycle Stages
    haplotypes
    Haplotypes
    Breeding
    pastures
    ecology
    drugs

    Keywords

    • fasciola-hepatica
    • climate-change
    • dairy herds
    • triclabendazole
    • england
    • france
    • wales
    • sheep

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    Walker, S. M., Johnston, C., Hoey, E. M., Fairweather, I., Borgsteede, F. H. M., Gaasenbeek, C. P. H., ... Trudgett, A. (2011). Potential role of hares in the spread of liver fluke in the Netherlands. Veterinary Parasitology, 177(1-2), 179-181. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.vetpar.2010.11.043
    Walker, S.M. ; Johnston, C. ; Hoey, E.M. ; Fairweather, I. ; Borgsteede, F.H.M. ; Gaasenbeek, C.P.H. ; Prodohl, P.A. ; Trudgett, A. / Potential role of hares in the spread of liver fluke in the Netherlands. In: Veterinary Parasitology. 2011 ; Vol. 177, No. 1-2. pp. 179-181.
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    Potential role of hares in the spread of liver fluke in the Netherlands. / Walker, S.M.; Johnston, C.; Hoey, E.M.; Fairweather, I.; Borgsteede, F.H.M.; Gaasenbeek, C.P.H.; Prodohl, P.A.; Trudgett, A.

    In: Veterinary Parasitology, Vol. 177, No. 1-2, 2011, p. 179-181.

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    Walker SM, Johnston C, Hoey EM, Fairweather I, Borgsteede FHM, Gaasenbeek CPH et al. Potential role of hares in the spread of liver fluke in the Netherlands. Veterinary Parasitology. 2011;177(1-2):179-181. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.vetpar.2010.11.043