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Symposium report: emerging threats for human health - impact of socioeconomic and climate change on zooanthroponosis in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), Russia.

Irene Huber, Katerina Potapova, Elena Ammosova, Wolfgang Beyer, Sergey Blagodatskiy, Roman Desyatkin, Ludwig E Hoelzle, Margarita Ignateva, Ludmila Kokolova, Stefanie Lemke, Mikhail Neustroev, Ayan Nyukkanov, Galina Protodyakonova, Alexander Reshetnikov, Thomas Romig, Vyacheslav Shadrin, Izabella Samoilova, Sergey Semenov, Konstantin Stepanov, Nadezhda Tarabukina, Liliia Vinokurova, Raisa Zakharova, Konstantin Nifontov,

Population growth, socio-cultural and economic changes as well as technological progress have an immediate impact on the environment and human health in particular. Our steadily rising needs of resources increase the pressure on the environment and narrow down untainted habitats for plants and wild animals. Balance and resilience of ecosystems ... Read more >>

Int J Circumpolar Health (International journal of circumpolar health)
[2020, 79(1):1715698]

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Analysis of nad2 and nad5 enables reliable identification of genotypes G6 and G7 within the species complex Echinococcus granulosus sensu lato.

Teivi Laurimäe, Liina Kinkar, Thomas Romig, Gérald Umhang, Adriano Casulli, Rihab A Omer, Mitra Sharbatkhori, Hossein Mirhendi, Francisco Ponce-Gordo, Lorena E Lazzarini, Silvia V Soriano, Antonio Varcasia, Mohammad Rostami-Nejad, Vanesa Andresiuk, Pablo Maravilla, Luis Miguel González, Monika Dybicz, Jakub Gawor, Mindaugas Šarkūnas, Viliam Šnábel, Tetiana Kuzmina, Eshrat Beigom Kia, Urmas Saarma,

The larval stages of tapeworms in the species complex Echinococcus granulosus sensu lato cause a zoonotic disease known as cystic echinococcosis (CE). Within this species complex, genotypes G6 and G7 are among the most common genotypes associated with human CE cases worldwide. However, our understanding of ecology, biology and epidemiology ... Read more >>

Infect. Genet. Evol. (Infection, genetics and evolution : journal of molecular epidemiology and evolutionary genetics in infectious diseases)
[2019, 74:103941]

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Effective long-term control of Echinococcus multilocularis in a mixed rural-urban area in southern Germany.

Andreas König, Thomas Romig, Ernst Holzhofer,

Effective preventive strategies are available to control Echinococcus multilocularis in foxes in order to reduce the human infection risk. Reduction of E. multilocularis prevalence in foxes was achieved in various studies by distributing praziquantel-containing bait by hand or by aircraft in either rural or settlement areas. Here, an integrated approach ... Read more >>

PLoS ONE (PloS one)
[2019, 14(4):e0214993]

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Fasciola spp. in Armenia: Genetic diversity in a global context.

Sargis Aghayan, Hasmik Gevorgian, Dennis Ebi, Hripsime A Atoyan, Francis Addy, Ute Mackenstedt, Thomas Romig, Marion Wassermann,

Fasciolosis, a food- and waterborne infection caused by the trematodes Fasciola hepatica and F. gigantica, is recognized by WHO as a neglected zoonotic disease. Whereas F. hepatica is distributed worldwide in cooler climates, F. gigantica occurs mainly in the tropics of Africa and Asia. The southern Caucasus, with Armenia, is ... Read more >>

Vet. Parasitol. (Veterinary parasitology)
[2019, 268:21-31]

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Frequency and genetic diversity of Echinococcus granulosus sensu stricto in sheep and cattle from the steppe region of Djelfa, Algeria.

Abd Elkarim Laatamna, Dennis Ebi, Khadidja Brahimi, Khadidja Bediaf, Marion Wassermann, Karim Souttou, Thomas Romig,

Cystic echinococcosis (CE) of humans and animals is caused by various species of Echinococcus granulosus sensu lato. Of these, E. granulosus sensu stricto has the widest geographical distribution and is the most important agent of human cystic echinococcosis. Previous molecular studies showed that E. granulosus s.s. isolates from the Middle ... Read more >>

Parasitol. Res. (Parasitology research)
[2019, 118(1):89-96]

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Genetic characterisation of Fasciola gigantica from Ghana.

Francis Addy, Thomas Romig, Marion Wassermann,

Fasciola hepatica and Fasciola gigantica are the causal agents of the zoonotic food-born disease fascioliasis. Africa is primarily endemic to F. gigantica, although sympatric presence of F. hepatica is known for some countries. The present situation of fascioliasis in western Africa, and Ghana in particular, is still poorly understood, and ... Read more >>

Vet Parasitol Reg Stud Reports (Veterinary parasitology, regional studies and reports)
[2018, 14:106-110]

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Corrigendum to 'Detecting co-infections of Echinococcus multilocularis and Echinococcus canadensis in coyotes and red foxes in Alberta, Canada using real-time PCR' [IJP: Parasites and Wildlife 7 (2018) 111-115].

Maria A Santa, Sonya A Pastran, Claudia Klein, Padraig Duignan, Kathreen Ruckstuhl, Thomas Romig, Alessandro Massolo,

[This corrects the article DOI: 10.1016/j.ijppaw.2018.03.001.]. ... Read more >>

Int J Parasitol Parasites Wildl (International journal for parasitology. Parasites and wildlife)
[2018, 7(3):463]

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Unexpected Echinococcus multilocularis infections in shepherd dogs and wolves in south-western Italian Alps: A new endemic area?

Alessandro Massolo, Davide Valli, Marion Wassermann, Serena Cavallero, Stefano D'Amelio, Alberto Meriggi, Elisa Torretta, Matteo Serafini, Adriano Casulli, Laura Zambon, Chiara Benedetta Boni, Marika Ori, Thomas Romig, Fabio Macchioni,

The European distribution of Echinococcus multilocularis has been reported to be expanding east and north, whereas its southern limits are deemed stable. During a study on Echinococcus granulosus s.l. infections in wolves and dogs in the Italian Maritime Alps, we unexpectedly detected the presence of E. multilocularis eggs in four ... Read more >>

Int J Parasitol Parasites Wildl (International journal for parasitology. Parasites and wildlife)
[2018, 7(3):309-316]

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The benefits of analysing complete mitochondrial genomes: Deep insights into the phylogeny and population structure of Echinococcus granulosus sensu lato genotypes G6 and G7.

Teivi Laurimäe, Liina Kinkar, Thomas Romig, Rihab A Omer, Adriano Casulli, Gérald Umhang, Robin B Gasser, Abdul Jabbar, Mitra Sharbatkhori, Hossein Mirhendi, Francisco Ponce-Gordo, Lorena E Lazzarini, Silvia V Soriano, Antonio Varcasia, Mohammad Rostami Nejad, Vanessa Andresiuk, Pablo Maravilla, Luis Miguel González, Monika Dybicz, Jakub Gawor, Mindaugas Šarkūnas, Viliam Šnábel, Tetiana Kuzmina, Urmas Saarma,

Cystic echinococcosis (CE) is a zoonotic disease caused by the larval stage of the species complex Echinococcus granulosus sensu lato. Within this complex, genotypes G6 and G7 have been frequently associated with human CE worldwide. Previous studies exploring the genetic variability and phylogeography of genotypes G6 and G7 have been ... Read more >>

Infect. Genet. Evol. (Infection, genetics and evolution : journal of molecular epidemiology and evolutionary genetics in infectious diseases)
[2018, 64:85-94]

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Molecular phylogeny based on six nuclear genes suggests that Echinococcus granulosus sensu lato genotypes G6/G7 and G8/G10 can be regarded as two distinct species.

Teivi Laurimäe, Liina Kinkar, Epp Moks, Thomas Romig, Rihab A Omer, Adriano Casulli, Gérald Umhang, Guna Bagrade, Malik Irshadullah, Mitra Sharbatkhori, Hossein Mirhendi, Francisco Ponce-Gordo, Silvia V Soriano, Antonio Varcasia, Mohammad Rostami-Nejad, Vanessa Andresiuk, Urmas Saarma,

Tapeworms of the species complex of Echinococcus granulosus sensu lato (s. l.) are the cause of a severe zoonotic disease - cystic echinococcosis, which is listed among the most severe parasitic diseases in humans and is prioritized by the World Health Organization. A stable taxonomy of E. granulosus s. l. ... Read more >>

Parasitology (Parasitology)
[2018, 145(14):1929-1937]

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First detection of Echinococcus granulosus sensu stricto (G1) in dogs in central Sudan.

Rihab Ali Omer, Arwid Daugschies, Sandra Gawlowska, Ayman Elnahas, Peter Kern, Sofia Bashir, Mohammed Sir Alkhatim Ali, Amin Osman, Thomas Romig,

Eighty-four stray dogs shot as a part of a governmental rabies control program in two neighboring towns of central Sudan were examined for the presence of Echinococcus spp. and other intestinal helminths. Echinococcus worms were identified to species level by PCR and gene sequencing. For comparative reasons, rectal content of ... Read more >>

Parasitol. Res. (Parasitology research)
[2018, 117(5):1657-1661]

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Molecular characterization of Echinococcus species in dogs from four regions of Kenya.

Erastus Mulinge, Japhet Magambo, David Odongo, Sammy Njenga, Eberhard Zeyhle, Cecilia Mbae, Dorothy Kagendo, Francis Addy, Dennis Ebi, Marion Wassermann, Peter Kern, Thomas Romig,

Cystic echinococcosis is endemic both in livestock and humans in many parts of Kenya. However, very little data exists on Echinococcus infections in dogs, and therefore their role in maintaining the transmission cycles and environmental contamination with eggs of Echinococcus species is unknown. The study aimed to establish the prevalence ... Read more >>

Vet. Parasitol. (Veterinary parasitology)
[2018, 255:49-57]

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Detecting co-infections of Echinococcus multilocularis and Echinococcus canadensis in coyotes and red foxes in Alberta, Canada using real-time PCR.

Maria A Santa, Sonya A Pastran, Claudia Klein, Padraig Duignan, Kathreen Ruckstuhl, Thomas Romig, Alessandro Massolo,

The continued monitoring of Echinococcus species in intermediate and definitive hosts is essential to understand the eco-epidemiology of these parasites, as well to assess their potential impact on public health. In Canada, co-infections of Echinococcus canadensis and Echinococcus multilocularis based on genetic characterization have been recently reported in wolves, but ... Read more >>

Int J Parasitol Parasites Wildl (International journal for parasitology. Parasites and wildlife)
[2018, 7(2):111-115]

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Genetic differentiation of the G6/7 cluster of Echinococcus canadensis based on mitochondrial marker genes.

Francis Addy, Marion Wassermann, Dorothy Kagendo, Dennis Ebi, Eberhard Zeyhle, Ibrahim E Elmahdi, Gerald Umhang, Adriano Casulli, Majid F Harandi, Ortwin Aschenborn, Peter Kern, Ute Mackenstedt, Thomas Romig,

Among the genotype/species causing cystic echinococcosis, the taxonomic status of Echinococcus canadensis is only partially resolved. Within E. canadensis, four genotypes (G6, G7, G8 and G10) have been described based on short mitochondrial sequences, of which G6 and G7 (the 'camel' and the 'pig' strain, respectively) are closely related and ... Read more >>

Int. J. Parasitol. (International journal for parasitology)
[2017, 47(14):923-931]

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Cystic Echinococcosis in Turkana, Kenya: The Role of Cross-Sectional Screening Surveys in Assessing the Prevalence of Human Infection.

Nadia Solomon, Eberhard Zeyhle, Jane Carter, John Wachira, Asrat Mengiste, Thomas Romig, Paul J Fields, Calum N L Macpherson,

Cystic echinococcosis (CE) is a neglected zoonotic disease caused by Echinococcus granulosus. Infection leads to formation of cysts within the viscera of the human host. In the 1980s, the transhumant population of northwest Turkana, Kenya, was found to have the highest prevalence of CE in the world. In 1983, AMREF ... Read more >>

Am. J. Trop. Med. Hyg. (The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene)
[2017, 97(2):587-595]

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The geographical distribution and prevalence of Echinococcus multilocularis in animals in the European Union and adjacent countries: a systematic review and meta-analysis.

Antti Oksanen, Mar Siles-Lucas, Jacek Karamon, Alessia Possenti, Franz J Conraths, Thomas Romig, Patrick Wysocki, Alice Mannocci, Daniele Mipatrini, Giuseppe La Torre, Belgees Boufana, Adriano Casulli,

This study aimed to provide a systematic review on the geographical distribution of Echinococcus multilocularis in definitive and intermediate hosts in the European Union (EU) and adjacent countries (AC). The relative importance of the different host species in the life-cycle of this parasite was highlighted and gaps in our knowledge regarding these ... Read more >>

Parasit Vectors (Parasites & vectors)
[2016, 9(1):519]

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High intraspecific variability of Echinococcus granulosus sensu stricto in Chile.

Cristian A Alvarez Rojas, Dennis Ebi, Rodolfo Paredes, Gerardo Acosta-Jamett, Nicole Urriola, Juan Carlos Roa, Carlos Manterola, Sandra Cortes, Thomas Romig, Jean-Pierre Scheerlinck, Marshall W Lightowlers,

Echinococcus granulosus sensu stricto is the major cause of cystic echinococcosis in most human and animal cases in the world and the most widespread species within the E. granulosus sensu lato complex. E. granulosus s.s. remains endemic in South America together with other species of the Echinococcus genus, especially in ... Read more >>

Parasitol. Int. (Parasitology international)
[2017, 66(2):112-115]

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Cerebral and non-cerebral coenurosis: on the genotypic and phenotypic diversity of Taenia multiceps.

Georgios Christodoulopoulos, Anke Dinkel, Thomas Romig, Dennis Ebi, Ute Mackenstedt, Brigitte Loos-Frank,

We characterised the causative agents of cerebral and non-cerebral coenurosis in livestock by determining the mitochondrial genotypes and morphological phenotypes of 52 Taenia multiceps isolates from a wide geographical range in Europe, Africa, and western Asia. Three studies were conducted: (1) a morphological comparison of the rostellar hooks of cerebral ... Read more >>

Parasitol. Res. (Parasitology research)
[2016, 115(12):4543-4558]

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A novel zoonotic genotype related to Echinococcus granulosus sensu stricto from southern Ethiopia.

Marion Wassermann, Daniel Woldeyes, Banchwosen Mechal Gerbi, Dennis Ebi, Eberhard Zeyhle, Ute Mackenstedt, Beyene Petros, Getachew Tilahun, Peter Kern, Thomas Romig,

Complete mitochondrial and two nuclear gene sequences of a novel genotype (GOmo) related to Echinococcus granulosus sensu stricto are described from a metacestode isolate retrieved from a human patient in southwestern Ethiopia. Phylogenetically, the genotype is positioned within the E. granulosus sensu stricto/Echinococcus felidis cluster, but cannot easily be allocated ... Read more >>

Int. J. Parasitol. (International journal for parasitology)
[2016, 46(10):663-668]

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The role of wildlife in the transmission of parasitic zoonoses in peri-urban and urban areas.

Ute Mackenstedt, David Jenkins, Thomas Romig,

During the last 100 years in many countries of the world, there have been dramatic changes in natural/rural landscapes due to urbanization. Since many wildlife species are unable to adapt to these alterations in their environment, urbanization is commonly responsible for a decline of biodiversity in areas of urban development. ... Read more >>

Int J Parasitol Parasites Wildl (International journal for parasitology. Parasites and wildlife)
[2015, 4(1):71-79]

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A sylvatic lifecycle of Echinococcus equinus in the Etosha National Park, Namibia.

Marion Wassermann, Ortwin Aschenborn, Julia Aschenborn, Ute Mackenstedt, Thomas Romig,

Various species of Echinococcus have been described in the past from wild mammals of sub-Saharan Africa. However, it is only recently, that a few isolates have become available for molecular identification; therefore, the involvement of wildlife in the lifecycles of the various cryptic species within Echinococcus granulosus sensu lato is ... Read more >>

Int J Parasitol Parasites Wildl (International journal for parasitology. Parasites and wildlife)
[2015, 4(1):97-103]

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A loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) method for the identification of species within the Echinococcus granulosus complex.

Marion Wassermann, Ute Mackenstedt, Thomas Romig,

To facilitate the specific identification of Echinococcus spp. isolates in endemic countries, a LAMP (loop-mediated isothermal amplification) assay was developed to detect the various agents known to cause cystic echinococcosis (E. granulosus s.s., E. equinus, E. ortleppi, E. canadensis and E. felidis). The infectivity of the different species and the ... Read more >>

Vet. Parasitol. (Veterinary parasitology)
[2014, 200(1-2):97-103]

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Echinococcus granulosus sensu lato genotypes infecting humans--review of current knowledge.

Cristian A Alvarez Rojas, Thomas Romig, Marshall W Lightowlers,

Genetic variability in the species group Echinococcus granulosus sensu lato is well recognised as affecting intermediate host susceptibility and other biological features of the parasites. Molecular methods have allowed discrimination of different genotypes (G1-10 and the 'lion strain'), some of which are now considered separate species. An accumulation of genotypic ... Read more >>

Int. J. Parasitol. (International journal for parasitology)
[2014, 44(1):9-18]

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Efficacy of anthelmintic baiting of foxes against Echinococcus multilocularis in northern Japan.

Kenichi Takahashi, Kohji Uraguchi, Hideki Hatakeyama, Patrick Giraudoux, Thomas Romig,

Field application of anthelmintic baits against Echinococcus multilocularis in red foxes (Vulpes vulpes) was conducted on Nemuro Peninsula at the eastern edge of Hokkaido, Japan. The total study area was 412 km(2), of which 135 km(2) were used for bait distribution. Commercial baits containing 50mg praziquantel were distributed by car ... Read more >>

Vet. Parasitol. (Veterinary parasitology)
[2013, 198(1-2):122-126]

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Cystic echinococcosis in South Africa: the worst yet to come?

Kerstin Wahlers, Colin N Menezes, Thomas Romig, Peter Kern, Martin P Grobusch,

A considerable number of cases of cystic echinococcosis (CE) are reported from South Africa, but the exact epidemiology remains unknown. In addition, southern Africa is one of the global regions worst afflicted by an excessively high HIV- and TB co-endemicity. As deductable from anecdotal observation, the immune modulation caused by ... Read more >>

Acta Trop. (Acta tropica)
[2013, 128(1):1-6]

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