Journal of Parasitic Diseases

, Volume 40, Issue 3, pp 948–953 | Cite as

A retrospective survey of liver flukes in livestock based on abattoir data in Kermanshah, west of Iran

  • Yasser Shahbazi
  • Mohammad HashemniaEmail author
  • Ehsan Allah Afshari Safavi
Original Article


A retrospective study was carried from 2008 to 2013 to estimate the prevalence of liver flukes in ruminants slaughtered at the abattoir of Kermanshah province, west of Iran. A total of 663,633 animals slaughtered in the 5-year period and totally 1.95 % of livers were condemned due to liver flukes. Fasciolosis were responsible for 0.8, 0.7 and 1.5 % of liver condemnations, whereas 1, 0.8 and 1 % of liver were condemned because of Dicrocoelium dendriticum infection in the sheep, goats and cattle, respectively. A significant difference in the prevalence of liver flukes were observed among studied animals (p < 0.001) and the highest and lowest prevalence were detected in cattle and goats, respectively. Data showed significant seasonal pattern for distomatosis in sheep and goat (p < 0.001). Liver condemnations due to fasciolosis were prevalent in sheep and goats and cattle slaughtered during winter, summer and autumn, respectively, whereas dicrocoeliosis were common in autumn season for sheep and cattle and in winter for goats. This survey provides baseline data for the future monitoring of these potentially important parasitic infections in the region.


Liver fluke Abattoir Prevalence Kermanshah Iran 



The authors would like to thank the authorities of faculty of veterinary medicine, Razi University for their financial support and cooperation. This survey was financially supported by the research council of Razi University (Grant No. 56827).

Conflict of interest

We declare that we have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yasser Shahbazi
    • 1
  • Mohammad Hashemnia
    • 2
    Email author
  • Ehsan Allah Afshari Safavi
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Food Hygiene and Quality Control, School of Veterinary MedicineRazi UniversityKermanshahIran
  2. 2.Department of Pathobiology, School of Veterinary MedicineRazi UniversityKermanshahIran
  3. 3.Department of Clinical Sciences, School of Veterinary MedicineRazi UniversityKermanshahIran

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