Is Opisthorchis viverrini Emerging in Cambodia?

Virak Khieu, Thomas Fürst, Kazuko Miyamoto, Tai Soon Yong, Jong Yil Chai, Rekol Huy, Sinuon Muth, Peter Odermatt

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Abstract

Opisthorchis viverrini infection is widely prevalent in Southeast Asia. In Cambodia information on this helminth infection is scare. Recent reports suggest that O. viverrini is an emerging public health problem. We aimed to synthesize all information in relation to the infection, epidemiology, and morbidity of O. viverrini in Cambodia; from published as well as thus far unpublished sources. First reports on O. viverrini date back to 1995. In 2006 an O. viverrini initiative was launched by the national helminth control program. Since then O. viverrini has been reported in all – except two – provinces. Villages with high prevalences (>20%) were found in provinces from Preah Vihear to Takeo. The infection has a highly focal distribution. In many villages no infections were detected. O. viverrini infection was also reported in cats, dogs and intermediate hosts. No report on morbidity associated with O. viverrini was found. The current evidence suggests that O. viverrini infection remains underreported in Cambodia. It is likely that the transmission will further increase in the future with potentially serious consequences for human health.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Parasitology
EditorsJennifer Keiser
PublisherAcademic Press
Pages31-73
Number of pages43
ISBN (Print)9780081027509
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Jan 1

Publication series

NameAdvances in Parasitology
Volume103
ISSN (Print)0065-308X

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We would like to thank the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute's library team (Rebekka Hirsbrunner, Hanna Walter, Tenzin Shagatsang, Giovanni Casagrande) for their fantastic support and the organization even of almost untraceable manuscripts. TF is grateful to the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) for an Advanced Postdoc Mobility fellowship and a Return Grant (project nos. P300P3-154634/1 and P300P3-154634/2). The funders had no role in the conceptualisation, analysis and publication of this article.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Parasitology

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