Skip to main content
    • Aa
    • Aa

The prevalence, intensity and viability of hydatid cysts in slaughtered animals in the Ardabil province of Northwest Iran

  • A. Daryani (a1), R. Alaei (a2), R. Arab (a3), M. Sharif (a1), M.H. Dehghan (a3) and H. Ziaei (a1)...

In a cross-sectional study, a total of 5381 slaughtered animals, namely 928 cattle, 243 buffaloes, 3765 sheep and 445 goats were inspected macroscopically for hydatid cysts in northwest Iran, with prevalence values of 38.3%, 11.9%, 74.4% and 20%, respectively, being recorded. Prevalences were higher in females compared with males, but a significant difference (P < 0.001) was only found in sheep and cattle. Most cases which were condemned were seen in the lungs of sheep (13.4%) indicating that sheep are the most important intermediate hosts for Echinococcus granulosus in this area.

Corresponding author
*Fax: +98 151 3247106 E-mail:
Hide All
S.K. Abdel-Hafez & F.M. Al-Yaman (1989) Spleen hydatidosis in sheep from north Jordan. Veterinary Parasitology 30, 191196.

F.C. Baldock , R.J. Arthur & A.R. Lawrence (1985) A meatworks survey of bovine hydatidosis in southern Queensland. Australian Veterinary Journal 62, 238242.

Y.F. Dajani (1978) Prevalence of hydatid disease in Syria and Jordan: preliminary results. Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 72, 320321.

A. Dalimi , G.H. Motamedi , M. Hosseini , B. Mohammadian , H. Malaki , Z. Ghamari & F. Ghaffari Far (2002) Echinococcosis/hydatidosis in western Iran. Veterinary Parasitology 105, 161171.

J. Eckert & P. Deplazes (2004) Biological, epidemiological, and clinical aspects of echinococcosis, a zoonosis of increasing concern. Clinical Microbiology Reviews 17, 107135.

R. Kittelberger , M.P. Reichel , J. Jenner , D. Heath , M.W. Lightowlers , P. Moro , M.M. Ibrahem , P.S. Craig & J.S. O'Keefe (2002) Evaluation of three enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISAs) for the detection of serum antibodies in sheep infected with Echinococcus granulosus. Veterinary Parasitology 110, 57–76.

A.L. Molan (1993) Epidemiology of hydatidosis and echinococcosis in Theqar province, southern Iraq. Japanese Journal of Medical Sciences and Biology 46, 29–35.

A. Oryan , N. Moghaddar & S.N. Gaur (1994) Metacestodes of sheep with special reference to their epidemiological status, pathogenesis and economic implications in Fars province, Iran. Veterinary Parasitology 51, 231–241.

J.D. Smyth & N.J. Barrett (1980) Procedure for testing the viability of human hydatid cysts following surgical removal, specially after chemotherapy. Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 74, 649652.

S. Umur (2003) Prevalence and economic importance of cystic echinococcosis in slaughtered ruminants in Burdur, Turkey. Journal of Veterinary Medicine B, Infectious Disease and Veterinary Public Health 50, 247–252.

Recommend this journal

Email your librarian or administrator to recommend adding this journal to your organisation's collection.

Journal of Helminthology
  • ISSN: 0022-149X
  • EISSN: 1475-2697
  • URL: /core/journals/journal-of-helminthology
Please enter your name
Please enter a valid email address
Who would you like to send this to? *


Full text views

Total number of HTML views: 2
Total number of PDF views: 10 *
Loading metrics...

Abstract views

Total abstract views: 151 *
Loading metrics...

* Views captured on Cambridge Core between September 2016 - 18th October 2017. This data will be updated every 24 hours.