MSPTM 2019 Annual Scientific Conference
13 - 14 March 2019
InterContinental Kuala Lumpur

Abstract

Title

CAT LIVER FLUKE IN MALAYSIA: A NEGLECTED PARASITIC DISEASE?

Type
Oral Presentation
Theme
Scaling Up Efforts in Tropical Disease and Vector Control through Evidence-Based Research
Topic
Veterinary Parasitology

Authors

Main Author
Nor Azlina Abdul Aziz1
Presenting Author
Nor Azlina Abdul Aziz1
Co-Author

Authors' Institution

Department / Institution / Country
Department of Veterinary Pathology and Microbiology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine / Universiti Putra Malaysia / Malaysia1
Content
Abstract Content

Platynosomiasis is liver fluke infestation caused by Platynosomum fastosum found in biliary ducts and gall bladder of cats and other mammals. This trematode is distributed across tropical and subtropical countries and considered most important trematode of cats. The disease also known as ‘lizard poisoning’ as a result of cats contracted the infestation through hunting behaviour of mainly lizard which is one of the host of this parasite. In Malaysia, there is little information on prevalence of this disease in cats and previous works more focused in stray cats and only based on post mortem examination of adult flukes in liver and bile duct. Latest prevalence work on stray cats reported 9.69% prevalence in 2013. Diagnostic techniques in fecal samples were also inconsistent in the literature and there is no golden standard method of fecal diagnosis at the moment. Scarce information was present regarding the life cycle, transmission pattern and intermediate and other possible host role in transmission. The cases of cat liver fluke in Malaysia might have been under diagnosed because of the low awareness of the disease among veterinary community and hard to diagnose in general. There is an urgent need in investigating the epidemiological aspect of this parasite and the entire aspect of the disease which is important in cats with hepatitis problem.

Keywords: Platynosomiasis, Cat liver fluke, Platynosomum fastosum, lizard poisoning, cats, Malaysia
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