Mitochondrial DNA haplotype analysis of liver fluke in bison from Bialowieza Primaeval Forest indicates domestic cattle as the likely source of infection

S.M. Walker, P.A. Prodöhl, G. Brennan, I. Fairweather, E.M. Hoey, A. Trudgett, A.W. Demiaszkiewicz, M. Kozak, H. Wedrychowicz, D. Teofanova

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Abstract

We have determined the mitochondrial genotype of liver fluke present in Bison (Bison bonasus) from the herd maintained in the Bialowieza National Park in order to determine the origin of the infection. Our results demonstrated that the infrapopulations present in the bison were genetically diverse and were likely to have been derived from the population present in local cattle. From a consideration of the genetic structure of the liver fluke infrapopulations we conclude that the provision of hay at feeding stations may be implicated in the transmission of this parasite to the bison. This information may be of relevance to the successful management of the herd.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)161–164
JournalVeterinary Parasitology
Volume191
Issue number1-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 16 Jan 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • veterinary(all)
  • Parasitology

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