Zoonotic Trematode metacercariae in fish from Phnom Penh and Pursat, Cambodia

Jong Yil Chai, Woon Mok Sohn, Byoung Kuk Na, Tai Soon Yong, Keeseon S. Eom, Cheong Ha Yoon, Eui Hyug Hoang, Hoo Gn Jeoung, Duong Socheat

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A survey was performed to investigate the infection status of freshwater fish with zoonotic trematode metacer-cariae in Phnom Penh and Pursat Province, Cambodia. All collected fish with ice were transferred to our laboratory and examined using the artificial digestion method. In fish from Phnom Penh, 2 kinds of metacercariae (Opisthorchis viverrini and Haplorchis yokogawai) were detected. O. viverrini metacercariae were positive in 37 (50.0%) of 74 fish in 11 species (average no. metacercariae/fish, 18.6). H. yokogawai metacercariae were detected in 23 (57.5%) of 40 fish in 5 species (average no. metacercariae/fish, 21.0). In fish from Pursat Province, 5 kinds of metacercariae (O. viverrini, H. yokogawai, Haplorchis pumilio, Centrocestus formosanus, and Procerovum sp.) were detected; O. viverrini metacercariae (n = 3) in 2 fish species (Henicorhynchus lineatus and Puntioplites falcifer), H. yokogawai metacercariae (n = 51) in 1 species (P. falci-fer), H. pumilio metacercariae (n= 476) in 2 species (H. lineatus and Pristolepis fasciata), C. formosanus metacercariae (n = 1) in 1 species (H. lineatus), and Procerovum sp. metacercariae (n = 63) in 1 species (Anabas testudineus). From the above results, it has been confirmed that various freshwater fish play the role of a second intermediate host for zoonotic trema-todes (O. viverrini, H. yokogawai, H. pumilio, C. formosanus, and Procerovum sp.) in Cambodia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-40
Number of pages6
JournalKorean Journal of Parasitology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Parasitology
  • Infectious Diseases


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