Investigations on a Swiss area highly endemic for Echinococcus multilocularis.

Gottstein, Bruno; Saucy, F; Wyss, C; Siegenthaler, M; Jacquier, P; Schmitt, M; Brossard, M; Demierre, G (1996). Investigations on a Swiss area highly endemic for Echinococcus multilocularis. Applied parasitology, 37(2), pp. 129-136. G. Fischer

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Anecdotal information suggested that a focus of hyperendemicity may be present in a small area of the Canton of Fribourg in Switzerland. Therefore, the prevalence of E. multilocularis was assessed both in the fox and the rodent population over a two-season-period. A high prevalence ranging between 47% and 56% was consistently determined in the fox population. An Arvicola terrestris population was infected at 39% in the first season of investigation and at 11% in the following season. A subsequent seroepidemiological survey in the population of inhabitants surrounding the area provided no indication of seroconversion and thus no indication of infection for humans. However, a longer-term survey will be needed to assess more precisely the risk of disease occurrence among these inhabitants.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Infectious Diseases and Pathobiology (DIP) > Institute of Parasitology

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Gottstein, Bruno


600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health
600 Technology > 630 Agriculture




G. Fischer




Bruno Gottstein

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23 Jul 2018 12:32

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23 Jul 2018 12:32

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