Abstract

This study was designed to investigate serum glucose, lipid, and lipoprotein in sheep naturally infected with Fasciola hepatica. Ten healthy sheep and 15 infected with F. hepatica were used in study. Serum concentrations of total protein (TP), albumin, glucose, cholesterol, triglyceride, high-density lipoprotein (HDL), low-density lipoprotein (LDL), very-low-density lipoproteins (VLDL), and serum activities of AST, ALT, GGT, and LDH were measured using a Roche-Cobas Integra 800 auto-analyzer. At day 0 (prior to treatment) and on the 28th day (after treatment) the serum concentrations of TP, albumin, glucose, cholesterol, triglyceride, HDL, LDL, and VLDL values in sheep with F. hepatica were significantly lower than those of the control group, while serum activities of AST, ALT, GGT, and LDH of lambs with F. hepatica were significantly higher than those of the control group. At day 56 (after treatment), none of the variables was significantly different between control sheep and those that received treatment for fascioliasis (P > 0.05). Nutritional management may be used to reduce the impact of fascioliasis.

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