Updates on cystic echinococcosis (CE) in Italy

Parassitologia. 2006 Jun;48(1-2):57-9.


An update on Cystic Echinococcosis (CE) diffusion in Italy during 2003-2005 is reported. CE seems to have a sporadic diffusion in the northern part of the country where this disease plays a minor role (prevalence < 1%). Recent investigations have shown the occurrence of CE cases in humans from the mountains between Reggio Emilia and Modena, with an average year incidence between 9.4 and 5.6/100,000. In Abruzzo prevalences in sheep and cattle are 20.2% and 15.3%, with a fertility of 4.6% and 1.3%, respectively. In the same region, G1 and G3 strains were identified and a prevalence of 31% in dogs was found with CaELISA. In Campania, CE prevalence was 14.8% in cattle, with no viable cysts recovered, and 10.5% in water buffaloes, with a fertility of 1.4%. Biotechnologies allowed to find G1 and G3 strains in water buffaloes. In Sicily, CE was found in 67.1% of cattle, with a fertility of 4%, and in 57.6% of sheep, with 9.2% of viable cysts. Biomolecular investigations have found G1 strain in sheep and cattle. In dogs, a prevalence of 5.6% for Echinococcus granulosus was reported. In Sardinia CE prevalence was 75.3% in sheep and 41.5% in cattle, with a fertility of 10.3% and 2.6%, respectively. CE was found also in 9.4% of pigs, with fertility of 6.5%. The G1 strain was recovered in sheep and cattle while the G7 in pigs.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Animals, Domestic / parasitology
  • Animals, Wild / parasitology
  • Cattle
  • Cattle Diseases / epidemiology
  • Cattle Diseases / transmission
  • Dog Diseases / epidemiology
  • Dog Diseases / transmission
  • Dogs
  • Echinococcosis / epidemiology*
  • Echinococcosis / parasitology
  • Echinococcosis / veterinary
  • Echinococcus granulosus / isolation & purification*
  • Food Parasitology
  • Humans
  • Italy / epidemiology
  • Meat / parasitology
  • Prevalence
  • Sheep / parasitology
  • Sheep Diseases / epidemiology
  • Sheep Diseases / transmission
  • Wolves / parasitology
  • Zoonoses