Prevalence of echinococcosis in street dogs in Tripole District, Libya

J Egypt Soc Parasitol. 2007 Dec;37(3):793-800.


Cystic echinococcosis due to E. granulosus is a serious public health and livestock economy problem in Libya. Kato thick smear examination of 50 street dogs stools showed that they had Echinococcus granulosus (58%), Taenia spp. (14%), Diplydium caninum (16%), Toxocara canis (121%) and 20% were parasite-free. The stool examination using Kato thick smear was more sensitive and more specific that the indirect haemaggutination test. The results were discussed with general review of the disease in Libya.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Dog Diseases / epidemiology*
  • Dogs
  • Echinococcosis / epidemiology
  • Echinococcosis / transmission
  • Echinococcosis / veterinary*
  • Feces / parasitology
  • Female
  • Libya / epidemiology
  • Male
  • Prevalence
  • Public Health*