Cystic echinococcosis in the Eastern Mediterranean region

Cystic echinococcosis (CE) is a major parasitic disease of humans and animals caused by the small intestinal tapeworm of carnivores, Echinococcus granulosus. The endemicity of CE in the Eastern Mediterranean region is largely associated with factors such as diverse intermediate host species (sheep, goats, camels, cattle, buffalos, and wild pigs), traditional farming and livestock husbandry, poor quality and/or unregulated abattoirs, widespread practice of home slaughter, high consumption of raw vegetables, large numbers of stray dogs, and low level of public awareness about CE transmission. PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases

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