Echinococcus Granulosus

This article is about the tapeworm. For the infection, see echinococcosis. Echinococcus granulosus, also called the hydatid worm, hyper tape-worm or dog tapeworm, is a cyclophyllid cestode that parasitizes the small intestine of canids as an adult, but which has important intermediate hosts such as livestock and humans, where it causes cystic echinococcosis, also known […]

Hydatid Cysts Found Heavily Infesting the Lungs of a Recently Harvested Elk

The below photos are gruesome but importantly relevant to residents and hunters in the Northern Rocky Mountain region, as well as all regions of this country where wild canines exist. These photos were taken of the lungs from an elk that was recently killed during an elk hunt, archery I believe, somewhere just northeast of […]

Alaska Department of Fish and Game: Cystic Hydatid Disease

What causes hydatid disease? *Cystic hydatid disease is caused by the larvae of the tapeworm Echinococcus granulosus. *Lifecycle: The tapeworm needs two hosts: a carnivore (e.g., wolf or dog) and a herbivore (e.g., caribou). The adult tapeworm grows and lays eggs in the intestines of the carnivore. The eggs come out in the carnivore‚Äôs droppings […]