Volume 7, Number 3—June 2001
Is High Prevalence of Echinococcus multilocularis in Wild and Domestic Animals Associated with Disease Incidence in Humans?
|Animal||No. of animals tested||No. positive for taeniid eggs||No. positive by PCR||No. positive by ELISA||Final E. multilocularis positive diagnosis (%)|
|Feral dogs||86||7b||6b,c||6b,c||6/86 (7)|
aPCR was performed directly on eggs following a taeniid egg isolation (9).
bOne dog had a borderline coproantigen reactivity. Subsequent investigations provided a negative Echinococcus-PCR by the presence of taeniid eggs. Thus, final test interpretation did not indicate E. multilocularis infection.
cPCR- and copro-Ag-positivity refers to all the same animals. The one dog exhibiting a borderline copro-Ag-reactivity is not in these group of animals.