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Liver Fluke


Liver Fluke
 
There has been an increase in the number of camelids infected with Liver Fluke, one is known to have died. Liver Fluke is especially prevalent in very wet conditions such as in the West Country, Wales, the NW of England and Western Scotland since the fluke larvae are spread by a particular type of water snail that thrives in wet conditions and ponds. Ponds can be fenced off to reduce the problem. Llamas show signs of weight loss, oedema and jaundice so watch out for these and consult your vet if worried. One needs to use special types of wormer against flukes and these can be different at different times of the year depending upon whether adult flukes or migrating larvae are to be targeted, your vet can advise.
 
It is also advisable to ensure that your clostridial vaccinations are current since flukes, by weakening the liver, can make your llamas more susceptible to clostridial disease.