Definitions for echinococcosis
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echinococcosis, hydatid disease, hydatidosis(noun)
infestation with larval echinococci (tapeworms)
A potentially fatal parasitic disease of animals and humans, caused by the Echinococcus tapeworm.
Echinococcosis, which is often referred to as hydatid disease or echinococcal disease, is a parasitic disease that affects both humans and other mammals, such as sheep, dogs, rodents and horses. There are three different forms of echinococcosis found in humans, each of which is caused by the larval stages of different species of the tapeworm of genus Echinococcus. The first of the three and also the most common form found in humans is cystic echinococcosis, which is caused by Echinococcus granulosus. The second is alveolar echinococcosis, which is caused by Echinococcus multilocularis and the third is polycystic echinococcosis, which is caused by Echinococcus vogeli and very rarely, Echinococcus oligarthus. Alveolar and polycystic echinococcosis are rarely diagnosed in humans and are not as widespread as cystic echinococcosis, but polycystic echinococcosis is relatively new on the medical scene and is often left out of conversations dealing with echinococcosis, and alveolar echinococcosis is a serious disease that not only has a significantly high fatality rate but also has the potential to become an emerging disease in many countries.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
An infection caused by the infestation of the larval form of tapeworms of the genus Echinococcus. The liver, lungs, and kidney are the most common areas of infestation.
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