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Parasitology paper 🐄

11 Jan 2023

To treat or not to treat: diagnostic thresholds in subclinical helminth infections of cattle.

Helminth infections of cattle place significant burdens on livestock production and farm economic efficiency. Heavy infections are relatively easy to detect and treat with anthelmintics. However, subclinical infections have major but often hidden impacts on animals, necessitating more refined diagnostics to detect them and ideally inform farmers about the likely impact of anthelmintic treatment on animal and herd performance. Here, we review recent advances in diagnosing three major cattle helminth infections – gastrointestinal nematodes (GINs), liver flukes, and lungworms – and the search for subclinical infection thresholds to guide treatment decisions.

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