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Echinococcosis caused by Echinococcus multicularis

Last Modified: Thu, 17 May 2018 09:49:23 IST
Disease name Echinococcosis caused by Echinococcus multicularis
Animal Health Law Category if applicable
Species affected Multiple(not specified)
Definition Echinococcosis, or Hydatid disease, is an infection caused by tapeworms of the genus Echinococcus, a tiny tapeworm just a few millimetres long. Five species of Echinococcus have been identifi ed which infect a wide range of domestic and wild animals. Echinococcosis is a zoonosis, a disease of animals that affects humans.
Status in Ireland Reported
Date of Last known case of disease in Ireland Absent - never reported in Irish canids, continued freedom monitored by annual survey of foxes by Bacteriology & Parasitology Division, Backweston supported RVLs
DAFM Division Responsible RVL Division
Contact Mícheál Casey SSRO
Link to relevant external website
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