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Sikó, S B; Deplazes, P; Ceica, C; Tivadar, C S; Bogolin, I; Popescu, S; Cozma, V (2011). Echinococcus multilocularis in south-eastern Europe (Romania). Parasitology Research, 108(5):1093-1097.

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Echinococcus multilocularis, the causative agent of alveolar echinococcosis (AE) in humans, has been found in 4.8% of 561 red foxes originating from various regions of Romania. Infected foxes were identified in 8 of 15 counties with average prevalence rates between 1.7% and 14.6%. In previous studies, E. multilocularis was not found in 535 foxes from three counties, but larval stages (metacestodes) were present in four species of rodents. Furthermore, AE was diagnosed in two patients. Experiences from other European regions indicate that several factors (such as increasing fox populations with higher parasite prevalences and urban cycles of the parasite) may result in an increased infection risk for humans.

Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:05 Vetsuisse Faculty > Institute of Parasitology
04 Faculty of Medicine > Institute of Parasitology
DDC:570 Life sciences; biology
610 Medicine & health
600 Technology
Deposited On:01 Nov 2011 15:46
Last Modified:12 Dec 2013 10:15
Publisher DOI:10.1007/s00436-010-2150-1
PubMed ID:21085988
Citations:Web of Science®. Times Cited: 9
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