Threat of alveolar echinococcosis to public health - a challenge for Europe

Gottstein, Bruno; Stojkovic, Marija; Vuitton, Dominique A; Millon, Laurence; Marcinkute, Audrone; Deplazes, Peter (2015). Threat of alveolar echinococcosis to public health - a challenge for Europe. Trends in parasitology, 31(9), pp. 407-412. Elsevier Current Trends 10.1016/j.pt.2015.06.001

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Alveolar echinococcosis (AE) is a neglected 'malignant' parasitic disease. The European endemic area of Echinococcus multilocularis in foxes is larger than previously anticipated, and there is new evidence that both fox populations and the prevalence of E. multilocularis have increased in many areas, indicating increased pressure for infection with E. multilocularis eggs in intermediate and accidental hosts, including humans. This may result in more human AE cases within the next decades. Current numbers of both immunocompetent and immunocompromised AE patients, and the anticipated future increase, call for scaling-up research to rapidly improve the development and implementation of prevention measures, early diagnosis, and curative treatment of human AE.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

05 Veterinary Medicine > Research Foci > Host-Pathogen Interaction
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Infectious Diseases and Pathobiology (DIP) > Institute of Parasitology

UniBE Contributor:

Gottstein, Bruno

Subjects:

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

ISSN:

1471-4922

Publisher:

Elsevier Current Trends

Language:

English

Submitter:

Bruno Gottstein

Date Deposited:

24 Jul 2015 08:41

Last Modified:

01 Sep 2016 02:30

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.pt.2015.06.001

PubMed ID:

26115902

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Echinococcus multilocularis; alveolar echinococcosis; management; prevention; therapy; zoonosis

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.70429

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/70429

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