Estimate the prevalence of intestinal & alveolar Echinococcosis in client-owned dogs in Alberta
Estimate the risk of exposure to Echinococcus multilocularis for animal health practitioners and dog owners.
Identify the risk factors contributing to the occurrence of both forms of echinococcosis in dogs
Provide veterinarians with a protocol for early diagnosis and treatment of AE.
In 2016, an estimate of 21 percent% of the coyotes living in Calgary were infected with intestinal Echinococcosis. Interestingly, the highest rates of infected coyotes were found in the same areas as the highest rates of infected dogs, suggesting that the parasite was being transmitted between them.
Most importantly, you will prevent the risk of exposure to Echinocococcosis for your veterinary crew, your clients and further transmission to other patients in your clinics.
Secondly, you will be able to provide your clients with tests for the presence of intestinal taeniasis in their dogs.
And lastly, you will contribute to a ‘One Health’ research that seeks the improvement of public health and animal welfare of our local communities.