Journal article

High intraspecific variability of Echinococcus granulosus sensu stricto in Chile

Cristian A Alvarez Rojas, Dennis Ebi, Rodolfo Paredes, Gerardo Acosta-Jamett, Nicole Urriola, Juan Carlos Roa, Carlos Manterola, Sandra Cortes, Thomas Romig, Jean-Pierre Scheerlinck, Marshall W Lightowlers



Echinococcus granulosus sensu stricto is the major cause of cystic echinococcosis in most human and animal cases in the world and the most widespread species within the E. granulosus sensu lato complex. E. granulosus s.s. remains endemic in South America together with other species of the Echinococcus genus, especially in some areas in Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Peru. Except for a single human case caused by E. canadensis (G6) described in the literature, only E. granulosus s.s. has been found in the Chilean territory. In the current study 1609bp of the cox1 gene from 69 Chilean isolates of E. granulosus s.s. from humans and animals were analysed. In total, 26 cox1 haplotypes were found, i..

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Funding Acknowledgements

Cristian A. Alvarez Rojas is a recipient of the Researcher Exchange, Travel and Training Award from the Australian Society for Parasitology and the Go8 (Group of eight Australia)-DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Joint Research Scheme 2015. Funding to RP is acknowledged from the grants: sFondap Conicyt 15130011 and grant No 1161475 from Fondecyt-Chile. Funding to MWL is acknowledged from the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council grants GTN1105448 and GTN1043327. We also acknowledge Maria Jose Navarrete, Francisco Ortega, Marcela Caro, Liliana Perez, Jorge Gonzalez, Miguel Lopez, Natalia Castro, Fernando Costa, Carlos Krauss, Juan Ramirez and Francisca Arias for their contribution in the collection of samples.