Journal article

A hyperendemic focus of porcine cystic echinococcosis in the Banke District of Nepal

Meritxell Donadeu, Charles G Gauci, Ishab Poudel, Keshav Sah, Dinesh Kumar Singh, Abdul Jabbar, Marshall W Lightowlers

ACTA TROPICA | ELSEVIER | Published : 2020


Detailed post mortem analyses of 68 free-ranging, slaughter-age pigs from two sites in the Banke District of Nepal identified 36% as being infected with Echinococcus granulosus. The cysts ranged from infertile, immature cysts a few millimetres in diameter to fertile cysts >10 cm in diameter. PCR RFLP and DNA sequencing identified the cysts as being E. granulosus sensu stricto. The Banke district has recently been identified as having a high prevalence of porcine cysticercosis. These data suggest that cestode zoonoses in this, and possibly other parts of Nepal may be a serious concern for human health. An assessment of the level of human cystic echinococcosis and neurocysticercosis, in the re..

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Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

Funding is acknowledged from the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council grant GTN1105448 (MWL) ( funder had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.