Hydatid control in Australia: where it began, what we have achieved and where to from here
Echinococcus granulosus was imported into Australia with domestic livestock about 200 years ago. It spread rapidly through domestic animals and quickly became a public health problem in the new colony. Control was hampered by ignorance of the transmission pattern. The association between metacestodes and tapeworms was not elucidated until 63 years after the arrival of the First Fleet. Australian wildlife were highly susceptible to infection with E. granulosus and wildlife/domestic animal...[Show more]
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