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      Echinococcosis: a review

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      International Journal of Infectious Diseases
      Elsevier BV

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          Echinococcosis in humans occurs as a result of infection by the larval stages of taeniid cestodes of the genus Echinococcus. In this review we discuss aspects of the biology, life cycle, etiology, distribution, and transmission of the Echinococcus organisms, and the epidemiology, clinical features, treatment, and effect of improved diagnosis of the diseases they cause. New sensitive and specific diagnostic methods and effective therapeutic approaches against echinococcosis have been developed in the last 10 years. Despite some progress in the control of echinococcosis, this zoonosis continues to be a major public health problem in several countries, and in several others it constitutes an emerging and re-emerging disease.

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          Journal
          International Journal of Infectious Diseases
          International Journal of Infectious Diseases
          Elsevier BV
          12019712
          March 2009
          March 2009
          : 13
          : 2
          : 125-133
          Article
          10.1016/j.ijid.2008.03.037
          18938096
          5da601ca-00a9-4377-bb32-a95374dd960e
          © 2009

          https://www.elsevier.com/tdm/userlicense/1.0/

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