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Vet Parasitol. 2014 Jan 31;199(3-4):268-71. doi: 10.1016/j.vetpar.2013.10.019. Epub 2013 Nov 5.

Calicophoron daubneyi (Paramphistomidae) in slaughtered cattle in Castilla y León (Spain).

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  • 1Instituto de Ganadería de Montaña CSIC-ULE, Finca Marzanas, Grulleros, León, Spain. Electronic address:
  • 2Instituto de Ganadería de Montaña CSIC-ULE, Finca Marzanas, Grulleros, León, Spain.
  • 3Centro de Investigaciones Agrarias de Mabegondo-INGACAL, Xunta de Galicia, Carretera Betanzos-Mesón do Vento, km 7, 15318 Abegondo, A Coruña, Spain.


The prevalence and aetiology of natural paramphistomosis was investigated in cattle slaughtered in the Castilla y León region (Spain) over a 3 year-period. The overall prevalence of positive animals was 6.20%. The parasite burden per animal ranged from 8 to 8005 (median=144) and the ruminal atrium had the highest parasite burden whereas the ruminal dorsal sac the lowest. The prevalence and parasite burden increased with age while these parameters were lower in cattle under intensive management. Calicophoron daubneyi was the only Paramphistomidae species identified using morphoanatomical, histological and molecular methods in the studied animals.


Calicophoron daubneyi; Cattle; Epidemiology; Paramphistomosis

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