Serological detection of Capillaria hepatica by indirect immunofluorescence assay

Martina Juncker-Voss, Heinrich Prosl, Helga Lussy, Ulrike Enzenberg, Herbert Auer, Norbert Nowotny

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Abstract

In this paper, a serological assay for the detection of antibodies to Capillaria hepatica, a zoonotic parasite, is described. In the past, the only way of detecting Capillaria hepatica was to perform a liver biopsy. The indirect immunofluorescence (IIF) assay, based on liver sections of naturally infected mice and human serum samples, is suitable for detecting early stages of human infections and for screening purposes. No cross-reactivity with other parasitic infections was detected. We have applied the IIF assay to serum samples of 60 employees of the Zoological Garden of Vienna, Schonbrunn, Austria, and found one positive and one questionable sample.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)431-433
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Clinical Microbiology
Volume38
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2000

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  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Microbiology

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Juncker-Voss, M., Prosl, H., Lussy, H., Enzenberg, U., Auer, H., & Nowotny, N. (2000). Serological detection of Capillaria hepatica by indirect immunofluorescence assay. Journal of Clinical Microbiology, 38(1), 431-433.