Helminth-Cestode: Echinococcus granulosus and Echinococcus mutilocularis

Characteristics of Echinococcus and life cycle Echinococcus spp are cestode parasites belonging to the family Taeniidae. All taeniid parasites have complex life cycles that include a carnivorous definitive host and a second mammalian intermediate host in which the larval or metacestode develops. It is the larval stage that is pathogenic to humans and other mammals. […]

Echinococcus multilocularis in North America: the great unknown

Over the last decade, studies have begun to shed light on the distribution and genetic characterization of Echinococcus multilocularis, the causative agent of alveolar echinococcosis (AE), in North America. Recent findings indicate that the parasite is likely expanding its range in the central region of the United States and Canada and that invasions of European strains […]

A Newly Discovered Epidemic Area of Echinococcus multilocularis in West Gansu Province in China

Abstract Alveolar echinococcosis (AE) is a lethal parasitic disease. In Gansu Province of China, all AE cases reported in literature were from Zhang and Min Counties, the southern part of the province. Here, we report the discovery of nine AE cases and one cystic echinococcosis (CE) case from Nanfeng Town of Minle County, in the […]

Yet Another “Benefit” of Forcibly-Imposed Wolves?

Please read the following disease notice (titled as an innocuous “Pet Health Topic”) presented under the auspices of Washington State College of Veterinary Medicine. Note the lines I have underlined and highlighted. If as is known, but frequently denied: – Tapeworm eggs of all sorts found in the feces of wolves (Apex contractors and spreaders […]