Volume 100, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



Fascioliasis, caused by and infection, is a major food-borne trematodiasis in many places of the world, with the central region of Vietnam being reported as a highly endemic area. Stool examination for eggs is not a sensitive method, and immunodiagnostic methods are preferable. We investigated various enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISAs) to evaluate their efficacy for fascioliasis diagnosis. Test sera used are primarily screened using an ELISA kit produced in Vietnam (VN kit; Viet Sinh Chemical Producing & Trading Co. Ltd., Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam): Seropositive individuals having symptoms compatible with fascioliasis were regarded as clinically diagnosed fascioliasis cases. A commercial IgG ELISA kit from Diagnostic Automation/Cortez Diagnostics, Inc. (USA kit; Woodland Hills, CA), which has been commonly used in Vietnam, was assessed and compared with in-house ELISA systems, including a cystatin-capture (CC) ELISA using crude worm extract (CWE) and an indirect ELISA using a synthetic peptide Ac-TPTCHWECQVGYNKTYDEE-NHMe designed from the cathepsin B (FgCB5) molecule. The USA kit was suitable for routine diagnosis after recalibration of the manufacturer’s suggested cutoff point. Cystatin-capture ELISA with CWE provided good sensitivity and specificity with perfect agreement to the results of the USA kit. In dot-blot ELISA, recombinant FgCB5 reacted more strongly with human antisera than did other antigens tested. Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay using the synthetic peptide fragment of the FgCB5 exhibited nearly 80% sensitivity and specificity, but the test results showed low agreement with CC-ELISA or the USA kit. In conclusion, the commercially available IgG ELISA kit from the United States and the in-house CC ELISA using CWE are suitable for practical diagnosis for fascioliasis.


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  • Received : 18 Oct 2018
  • Accepted : 26 Nov 2018
  • Published online : 21 Jan 2019

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