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Acute visceral cysticercosis by Taenia hydatigena in lambs and treatment with praziquantel

  • A. Scala (a1), G. Urrai (a2), A. Varcasia (a1), P. Nicolussi (a3), M. Mulas (a3), L. Goddi (a3), A.P. Pipia (a1), G. Sanna (a1), M. Genchi (a4) and E. Bandino (a3)...


An acute outbreak of Taenia hydatigena cysticercosis, causing mortality in 5 of 21 (23.8%) female lambs, is reported. Gross post-mortem examinations and histology showed Cysticercus tenuicollis as the cause of death. Biochemical parameters in infected lambs confirmed severe hepatitis. Praziquantel, given once at 15 mg/kg body weight (bw), was administered and a dramatic improvement in the clinical condition and biochemical parameters was observed up to 30 days following treatment.


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