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A genus of very small TAPEWORMS, in the family Taeniidae. The adult form is found in various CARNIVORA but not humans. The larval form is seen in humans under certain epidemiologic circumstances. Source: National Library of Medicine, MeSH 2006

The genus Echinococcus includes six species of cyclophyllid tapeworms to date, of the family Taeniidae. Infection with Echinococcus results in hydatid disease, also known as echinococcosis. In humans, this causes a disease called echinococcosis. Latency can be up to 50 years, and is mostly found in South and Central America, the Middle East, China, and the West of the U.S.A. (eg. Arizona, New Mexico and California).

Echinococcosis is a zoonosis, human is a dead-end host. The final hosts are predators - dogs, wolves, foxes, lions. The adult tapeworm lives in their intestine and delivers eggs that are excreted with the stool. The intermediate hosts are infected by ingesting eggs. Sheep, wild herbivores and rodents are the usual intermediate hosts, but humans can also be infected. Copyright Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License. See for details. Source: Wikipedia, Echinococcus

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zh-CN Chinese (China) 棘球属单个未知种
Synonyms: 棘幼虫;棘球绦虫;棘球绦虫属;棘球蚴;棘球单个未知种
fr-CA French (Canada) Echinococcus sp
et-EE Estonian (Estonia) Echinococcus sp
es-ES Spanish (Spain) Echinococcus sp
it-IT Italian (Italy) Echinococcus sp
tr-TR Turkish (Turkey) Echinococcus sp
ru-RU Russian (Russian Federation) Echinococcus sp
nl-NL Dutch (Netherlands) Echinococcus sp.
fr-BE French (Belgium) Echinococcus sp