U of M Emerging Zoonosis Research Project

The University of Manitoba is conducting a research study to determine the presence of Echinoccocus multilocularis eggs in canid feces found within the metropolitan regions of Winnipeg.

E. multilocularis is a tapeworm that causes alveolar echinococcosis (AE) in humans, an infection that behaves like a metastatic malignancy with a poor prognosis. Therefore, ongoing wild canid surveillance in Manitoba will be essential to detect and quantify human risk of exposure to this devastating parasitic infection.

Additionally, domestic canine surveillance will assist in further quantifying the risk and highlighting the extent of spread from wild to domestic species. Those that work closely with domestic dogs are possibly at higher risk of exposure, and hence the need to determine the extent of this disease in Manitoba. Currently, this is a Public Health reportable disease in Ontario due to the emerging epidemiology within the wild and domestic canids.

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