Global Socioeconomic Impact of Cystic Echinococcosis

Abstract Cystic echinococcosis (CE) is an emerging zoonotic parasitic disease throughout the world. Human incidence and livestock prevalence data of CE were gathered from published literature and the Office International des Epizooties databases. Disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) and monetary losses, resulting from human and livestock CE, were calculated from recorded human and livestock cases. Alternative […]

Global Distribution of Alveolar and Cystic Echinococcosis

Abstract Alveolar echinococcosis (AE) and cystic echinococcosis (CE) are severe helminthic zoonoses. Echinococcus multilocularis (causative agent of AE) is widely distributed in the northern hemisphere where it is typically maintained in a wild animal cycle including canids as definitive hosts and rodents as intermediate hosts. The species Echinococcus granulosus, Echinococcus ortleppi, Echinococcus canadensis and Echinococcus […]

A Systematic Review of the Epidemiology of Echinococcosis in Domestic and Wild Animals

Abstract Background Human echinococcosis is a neglected zoonosis caused by parasites of the genus Echinococcus. The most frequent clinical forms of echinococcosis, cystic echinococcosis (CE) and alveolar echinococcosis (AE), are responsible for a substantial health and economic burden, particularly to low-income societies. Quantitative epidemiology can provide important information to improve the understanding of parasite transmission and hence […]

Dr. V. Geist Speech: Big Game Forever Banquet and Wolf Symposium

Geist, Val, Grand Junction, Colorado August 11th 2018 Banquet and Wolf Symposium, Big Game Forever. Contact: 250-723-7436, kendulf@shaw.ca; kendulf@hotmail.com. Futility I am here to tell you why the wolf does not belong into settled landscapes. Wolves do unbelievable damage to wildlife, they do great damage to agriculture, they pose a real threat to public health […]

Panel Roundtable: Canadian Gray Wolf Introduction into Yellowstone

*Editor’s Note:* Following is no doubt the most candid discussion you will find anywhere in North America today about predators and their diseases. The discussion surrounds the introduction of the gray wolf to the Greater Yellowstone area and the impact this has had on not only the ecosystem but economically, socially and in the lives of […]

Worldwide epidemiology of liver hydatidosis including the Mediterranean area

Abstract The worldwide incidence and prevalence of cystic echinococcosis have fallen dramatically over the past several decades. Nonetheless, infection with Echinococcus granulosus (E. granulosus) remains a major public health issue in several countries and regions, even in places where it was previously at low levels, as a result of a reduction of control programmes due to economic […]

Hungry wolves push into village, attack resident’s dog

Wolves have recently been spotted close to farms and even in villages in Lääne County. The animals are driven closer to human settlements by hunger, as the African swine fever has significantly reduced the number of wild boar. On Saturday, wolves attacked a dog in the village of Pürksi.<<<Read More>>>

Recolonizing gray wolves increase parasite infection risk in their prey

Abstract The recent recolonization of Central Europe by the European gray wolf (Canis lupus) provides an opportunity to study the dynamics of parasite transmission for cases when a definitive host returns after a phase of local extinction. We investigated whether a newly established wolf population increased the prevalence of those parasites in ungulate intermediate hosts […]

Hydatid Disease: Letter to Montana Legislature’s Environmental Quality Council

To: Montana Legislature’s Environmental Quality Council Attention: Hope Stockwell, Research Analyst, Environmental Policy Office, Montana Legislative Services Division; 406-444-1640; hstockwell@mt.gov From: Valerius Geist, Profesor Emeritus of Environmental Science, The University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada April 27th 2010 Re: Hydatid disease There is a fair amount of technical literature available on hydatid disease. However, this […]

Tapeworm could jump to humans with potentially deadly consequences, veterinarian warns

A Saskatoon veterinarian says “there’s a very good chance” Saskatchewan could see human cases of a potentially lethal tapeworm in the foreseeable future. Echinococcus multilocularis is a tiny tapeworm less than four millimetres long. Its life cycle begins when small rodents, such as mice and voles, consume its eggs, which then form cysts on their liver, […]