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Emergence of Sylvatic Echinococcus granulosus as a parasitic zoonosis of public health concern in an indigenous community in Canada

Himsworth, C.G., Jenkins, E., Hill, J. E., Nsungu, M., Ndao, M., Thompson, R.C.A., Covacin, C., Ash, A., Wagner, B.A., McConnell, A., Leighton, F.A. and Skinner, S. (2010) Emergence of Sylvatic Echinococcus granulosus as a parasitic zoonosis of public health concern in an indigenous community in Canada. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 82 (4). pp. 643-645.

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    Abstract

    Within a remote Canadian Indigenous community, at least 11 % of people had antibodies against Echinococcus granulosus and E. granulosus eggs were detected in 6% of environmentally collected canine fecal samples. Dog ownership, hunting, and trapping were not risk factors for seropositivity, suggesting that people are most likely exposed to E. granulosus through indirect contact with dog feces in the environment. In this situation, human exposure could be most effectively curtailed by preventing consumption of cervid viscera by free-roaming dogs.

    Publication Type: Journal Article
    Murdoch Affiliation: School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
    Publisher: American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
    Copyright: © 2010 by The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.
    URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/3796
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