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SCREENING OF ZOONOTIC FASCIOLIASIS OF SLAUGHTERED LARGE RUMINANTS IN ABATTOIR IN PERAK, MALAYSIA

Fascioliasis, or trematode infestation, is an important disease caused by Fasciola hepatica and Fasciola gigantica. Both species are hepatic parasites that affect humans. We have examined the zoonotic aspects of fascioliasis. A total of 80 fresh liver samples were collected from 67 Kedah-Kelantan crossbred cattle and 13 Murrah buffalo at 4 local abattoirs in Perak, Malaysia. The samples were examined macroscopically to detect the presence of Fasciola spp. The results show 7.50% (6 of 80) of the animals were diagnosed with fascioliasis. Overall, 7.46% (5 of 67) and 7.69% (1 of 13) of cattle and buffalo samples were positive, respectively. There were only F. gigantica species identified in the samples. Our findings suggest that precautions should be taken because the disease has a zoonotic impact on public health.

Fazly Ann Zainalabidin, Nurulaini Raimy, Muhamad Hazmi Yaacob, Adnan Musbah, Premalaatha Bathmanaban, Erwanas Asmar Ismail, Zaini Che Mamat, Zawida Zahari, Mohd Iswadi Ismail and Chandrawathani Panchadcharam 

Veterinary Research Institute, 59 Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, 31400, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Corresponding Author: Fazly Ann Zainalabidin,

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Fazly Ann Zainalabidin, Muhamad Syamsul Naim Noorazmi, Wan Normaziah Wan Omar Bakri, GEETHAMALAR SATHAYA AND MOHD ISWADI ISMAIL (2015) SCREENING OF ZOONOTIC FASCIOLIASIS OF SLAUGHTERED LARGE RUMINANTS IN ABATTOIR IN PERAK, MALAYSIA. Tropical Life Science Research. 26(2): 121-124


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