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Fishes as intermediate host of Liver Flukes


Opisthorchiasis or liver fluke disease is a chronic parasitic disease which relates to the bile ducts. It is very common in Southeast Asian countries where the high prevalence of liver fluke infection is associated with a high incidence of the bile duct cancer (Cholangiocarcinoma). Infection can occur through a habit of eating raw or undercooked freshwater fish containing the larvae. Fishes known to serve as intermediate host of liver flukes include Common Silver Barb, Silver Shark Minnow or Hard-lipped Barb, Red-tail Tinfoil Barb, Eye-Spot Barb or Spotted Hampala Barb, Smith's Barb, Jullien’s Mud Carp and Siamese Mud Carp. 

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