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Coenurosis

 

 

http://cal.vet.upenn.edu/dxendopar/parasitepages/cestodes/t_multiceps.html

 
 

Human coenurosis represents an infection by a coenurus, the larval stage of any one of four species of dog tapeworms: Taenia multiceps, T. serialis, T. brauni, and T. glomerata.  The adults of these worms live in the intestines of dogs and other canines and pass eggs which are then ingested by grazing animals, usually sheep, goats, and rabbits.  Coenurosis results when humans accidentally ingest these eggs, usually in contaminated fruits or vegetables.  Oncospheres (tapeworm embryos) escape from the eggs and form fluid filled, bladder-like cysts called coenurus (hence the name of the disease) in various tissues but usually in the central nervous system (CNS). This causes an array of unpleasant symptoms.  Click on the links to find out more!

 
 

Taxonomy

Common name: Tapeworm

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Platyhelminths

Class: Cestoda

Order: Cyclophyllidea

Family: Taeniidae, Genus: Taenia

Species: multiceps, serialis, brauni, glomerata

 
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