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Epidemiology and strain characteristics of Echinococcus granulosus in the Benghazi area of eastern Libya

Tashani, OA, Zhang, LH, Boufana, B, Jegi, A and McManus, DP 2002, 'Epidemiology and strain characteristics of Echinococcus granulosus in the Benghazi area of eastern Libya' , Annals of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology, 96 (4) , pp. 369-381.

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Abstract

The incidence of surgically confirmed cystic echinococcosis in eastern Libya was estimated to be at least 4.2 cases/100,000, with significantly more female cases than male. The prevalences of infection with Echinococcus granulosus among 1087 sheep, 881 goats, 428 camels and 614 cattle from the same region, determined postmortem in abattoirs, were 20%, 3.4%, 13.6% and 11%, respectively. Infection in the livestock was age-dependent and, generally, the female animals were more often infected than the male. The measurements of rostellar hooks on protoscoleces collected from sheep and cattle were similar but significantly different from the corresponding measurements of parasites of human or camel origin. However, when a portion of the cytochrome c-oxidase subunit I (cox1) gene from each of 30 protoscolex samples from Libya (12 from cattle, three from humans, five from camels and 10 from sheep) was sequenced, the sequences were all found to be identical to that published for the common sheep strain of E. granulosus.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > Q Science > Q Science (General)
Subjects / Themes > R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Health and Wellbeing
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology
Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of Environment and Life Sciences
Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of Environment and Life Sciences > Ecosystems and Environment Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: Annals of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology
Publisher: Maney Publishing
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 00034983
Depositing User: H Kenna
Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2007 15:27
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:45
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/192

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