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Volume 63, Issue 3


First identification of Echinococcus multilocularis in golden jackals in Croatia

Magda Sindičić / Miljenko Bujanić / Iva Štimac / Franjo Martinković / Nikolina Tuškan / Marina Špehar / Dean Konjević
Published Online: 2018-07-04 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ap-2018-0076


Alveolar echinococcosis, caused by the tapeworm Echinococcus multilocularis, is one of the world’s most dangerous zoonosis and an emerging disease with growing incidence in humans. The disease has been reported in new areas and host species in the last two decades, and the primary hosts of the parasite – red fox, golden jackal and grey wolf – are expanding their distribution in Europe. Here we report the morphological and molecular identification of Echinococcus multilocularis tapeworms in one of 29 carcasses of adult golden jackals in Croatia, where the only previous report of the parasite was in red foxes in 2016. These results suggest that alveolar echinococcosis should be treated as an emerging disease in Croatia.

Keywords: Echinococcus multilocularis; alveolar echinococcosis; Canis aureus; emerging disease


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About the article

Received: 2017-10-15

Revised: 2018-04-30

Accepted: 2018-05-02

Published Online: 2018-07-04

Published in Print: 2018-09-25

Citation Information: Acta Parasitologica, Volume 63, Issue 3, Pages 654–656, ISSN (Online) 1896-1851, ISSN (Print) 1230-2821, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ap-2018-0076.

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