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Fluke disease
Diagnosing acute larval paramphistomosis in ruminants

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ADULT paramphistomes (rumen fluke) were formerly regarded as of little clinical significance. Their pathogenicity in Irish and UK-farmed ruminants (especially Calicophoron daubneyi) has been re-evaluated recently (Murphy and others [2008], Foster and others [2008], Mason and others [2012]). Several outbreaks of acute larval paramphistomosis have been diagnosed here in Ireland since 2008 (unpublished data), some causing multiple acute mortalities in cattle and sheep, especially in younger animals.

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