Public Health Follow-up of Suspected Exposure to Echinococcus multilocularis in Southwestern Ontario

Trotz-Williams, L A; Mercer, N J; Walters, J M; Wallace, D; Gottstein, Bruno; Osterman-Lind, E; Boggild, A K; Peregrine, A S (2017). Public Health Follow-up of Suspected Exposure to Echinococcus multilocularis in Southwestern Ontario. Zoonoses and public health, 64(6), pp. 460-467. Wiley-Blackwell 10.1111/zph.12326

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In the 3 years since the first report of canine alveolar echinococcosis (AE) in Ontario, three additional cases have been diagnosed in the province. Of the four cases reported to date, three have had no known history of travel outside the province. It is possible that this development is an indication of previously unrecognized environmental contamination with Echinococcus multilocularis eggs in some areas of the province. If so, there is the potential for an emerging threat to human health. This article describes a local public health department's investigation of the possible exposure to E. multilocularis of a number of individuals who had had contact with the latest of the four cases of canine AE, and summarizes a comprehensive decision process that can be used by public health departments to assist in the follow-up of such exposures.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

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

UniBE Contributor:

Gottstein, Bruno

Subjects:

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

ISSN:

1863-1959

Publisher:

Wiley-Blackwell

Language:

English

Submitter:

Bruno Gottstein

Date Deposited:

13 Mar 2017 11:28

Last Modified:

12 Aug 2017 01:30

Publisher DOI:

10.1111/zph.12326

PubMed ID:

28012251

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Echinococcus multilocularis ; alveolar echinococcosis; dogs; public health

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.92260

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/92260

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