Control of hydatidosis

Parasitol Int. 2006:55 Suppl:S247-52. doi: 10.1016/j.parint.2005.11.052. Epub 2006 Jan 4.


Control of hydatidosis is less effective without the support of dog-owners, and this support can only be obtained if the people have a clear understanding of the life-cycle of the hydatid parasite(s) and what risk factors contribute to human infections. Dissemination of this information is the biggest challenge for hydatid control. Participatory planning between dog-owners and community leaders should evaluate the possible control technologies, and should enable a choice of those aspects that suit the sociology and economic status of the particular community. Collection of baseline data is essential, as is on-going surveillance. Hydatid control should be mainly self-funded, which again requires the support of the dog-owner. A pilot hydatid control program for Tibetan herdsmen is described.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • China / epidemiology
  • Communicable Disease Control / methods*
  • Dog Diseases / parasitology
  • Dog Diseases / prevention & control*
  • Dog Diseases / transmission
  • Dogs
  • Echinococcosis / parasitology
  • Echinococcosis / prevention & control*
  • Echinococcosis / transmission
  • Echinococcus granulosus
  • Echinococcus multilocularis
  • Health Education / methods
  • Health Planning / methods
  • Humans
  • New Zealand / epidemiology
  • Tibet / epidemiology