Korean J Parasitol.  2020 Aug;58(4):373-386. 10.3347/kjp.2020.58.4.373.

Current Knowledge of Small Flukes (Digenea: Heterophyidae) from South America

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  • 1Laboratory of Evaluation and Promotion of Environmental Health, Oswaldo Cruz Institute, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Abstract

Fish-borne heterophyid trematodes are known to have a zoonotic potential, since at least 30 species are able to infect humans worldwide, with a global infection of around 7 million people. In this paper, a ‘state-of-the-art’ review of the South American heterophyid species is provided, including classical and molecular taxonomy, parasite ecology, host-parasite interaction studies and a list of species and their hosts. There is still a lack of information on human infections in South America with undetected or unreported infections probably due to the information shortage and little attention by physicians to these small intestinal flukes. Molecular tools for specific diagnoses of South American heterophyid species are still to be defined. Additional new sequences of Pygidiopsis macrostomum, Ascocotyle pindoramensis and Ascocotyle longa from Brazil are also provided.

Keyword

review; trematodosis; fish parasite; checklist
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