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Echinococcosis in Albertan dogs

What is the role of dogs in the urban cycle of Echinococcus multilocularis in the urban centers of Alberta?

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Surveillance of Echinococcosis in canine populations is crucial given their potential contribution to Echinococcus multilocularis spillover to humans and wildlife.

Our project goals are:

PREVALENCE

Estimate the prevalence of intestinal & alveolar Echinococcosis in client-owned dogs in Alberta

RISK OF EXPOSURE

Estimate the risk of exposure to Echinococcus multilocularis for animal health practitioners and dog owners. 

RISK FACTORS

Identify the risk factors contributing to the occurrence of both forms of echinococcosis in dogs

PROTOCOL & INFORMATION

Provide veterinarians with a protocol for early diagnosis and treatment of AE.

You may be eligible!

We are recruiting veterinary clinics and hospitals in Calgary and Edmonton to participate with us in our research project. If you need information, please contact us.

POTENTIAL TRANSMISSION BETWEEN WILD & DOMESTIC CANIDS

Calgary, Alberta

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.

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How can you contribute?

If you own or work at a veterinary clinic in Alberta...

  1. Your crew would provide online questionnaires to dog owners of randomly selected dogs.
  2. We will ask you to collect blood and faecal samples from the volunteer dogs. 
  3. And we will pick the samples at your call!

What are the benefits for participating in our research?

A ONE-HEALTH initiative for Alberta

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. 

Join us & take action!

Join a growing movement of people around the world who are working to understand the impact of zoonosis and emergent diseases in their local communities.

A joint venture with our partners