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Echinococcosis in Tibetan populations, Western Sichuan Province, China

Tiaoying, L, Jiamin, Q, Wen, Y, Craig, PS, Xingwang, C, Ning, X, Ito, A, Giraudoux, P, Wulamu, M, Wen, Y and Schantz, PM 2005, 'Echinococcosis in Tibetan populations, Western Sichuan Province, China' , Emerging Infectious Diseases, 11 (12) , pp. 1866-1873.

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We screened 3,199 people from Shiqu County, Sichuan Province, China, for abdominal echinococcosis (hydatid disease) by portable ultrasound combined with specific serodiagnostic tests. Both cystic echinococcosis (CE) (Echinococcus granulosus infection) and alveolar echinococcosis (AE) (E. multilocularis) were co-endemic in this area at the highest village prevalence values recorded anywhere in the world: 12.9% were infected with one or the other form (6.8% CE and 6.2% AE). Prevalences of both CE and AE were significantly higher in female than male patients and increased with the age of the person screened. Pastoral herdsmen were at highest risk for infection (prevalence 19.0%). Prevalence of CE varied in 5 townships from 0% to 12.1%, whereas AE prevalence ranged from 0% to 14.3%. Risk factors associated with both infections included the number of owned dogs, frequency of contact with dogs, and sources of drinking water.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Subjects / Themes > Q Science > Q Science (General)
Subjects / Themes > R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Health and Wellbeing
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Schools > School of Environment and Life Sciences
Schools > School of Environment and Life Sciences > Ecosystems and Environment Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: Emerging Infectious Diseases
Publisher: National Center for Infectious Diseases
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 10806040
Depositing User: H Kenna
Date Deposited: 07 Aug 2007 11:55
Last Modified: 01 Dec 2015 00:01

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