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Acute Fasciola hepatica infection attributed to chewing khat
  1. A CATS,
  1. Department of Gastroenterology
  2. Academic Hospital Vrije Universiteit
  3. Amsterdam, Netherlands
  1. Dr A Cats, Department of Gastroenterology, Academic Hospital Vrije Universiteit, PO Box 7057, 1007 MB Amsterdam, Netherlands. Email: a.cats{at}

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