Food Hygiene

Opisthorchiasis in Thailand: review and current status

World J Gastroenterol. 2008 Apr 21;14(15):2297-302.

Opisthorchiasis in Thailand: review and current status.

Kaewpitoon NKaewpitoon SJPengsaa P.

Research and Diagnostic Center for Parasitic Infectious Diseases, Northeastern Region (RCPNER), College of Medicine and Public Health, Ubon Rajathanee University, Warinchamrap district, Ubonratchathai province 34190, Thailand.


Opisthorchiasis caused by Opisthorchis viverrini (O. viverrini) remains a major public health problem in many parts of Southeast Asia including Thailand, Lao PDR, Vietnam and Cambodia. The infection is associated with a number of hepatobiliary diseases, including cholangitis, obstructive jaundice, hepatomegaly, cholecystitis, chole-lithiasis and cholangiocarcinoma. The liver fluke infection was induced by eating raw or uncooked fish products that is the tradition and popular in the northeastern and northern region, particularly in rural areas of Thailand. Health education programs to prevent and control opisthorchiasis are still required in high-risk areas.

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