Dicrocoeliosis

Monday, February 5, 2018

(NH and NY) Two cases of Dicrocoeliosis caused by the Little liver fluke or the Lancet fluke, Dicrocoelium dendriticum have been diagnosed at the AHDC in the past week. One case involved 100s of adult lancet flukes (<10mm long) recovered from the livers submitted of three dead sheep from a flock in NH. Clinical signs typically include loss of body condition in most domestic species but acute fatal infections in sheep have also been reported. The next case involved a bison who died with a history of chronic weight loss. Adult lancet flukes were once again recovered from the liver that was submitted and Dicrocoelium dendriticum eggs were detected in the feces by a fecal floatation test.

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