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Echinococcus multilocularis in a Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx) in Turkey

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  07 February 2018

Hamza Avcioglu
Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Atatürk University, Erzurum, Turkey
Esin Guven*
Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Atatürk University, Erzurum, Turkey
Ibrahim Balkaya
Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Atatürk University, Erzurum, Turkey
Ridvan Kirman
Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Atatürk University, Erzurum, Turkey
Author for correspondence: Esin Guven, E-mail:


Echinococcus multilocularis is the causative agent of alveolar echinococcosis (AE), one of the most threatening zoonoses in Eurasia. Human AE is widespread in the Erzurum region of Turkey, but the situation of the disease in intermediate and definitive hosts is unknown. A Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx) was killed in a traffic accident in the north of Erzurum, and was taken to our laboratory. Sedimentation and counting technique (SCT), DNA isolation and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) analysis were performed. The SCT results showed that the lynx was infected with E. multilocularis with a medium (745 worms) worm burden. The DNA of adult worms obtained from the lynx was analyzed with a species-specific PCR, and the worms were confirmed to be E. multilocularis by 12S rRNA gene sequence analysis. This is the first report of E. multilocularis from Eurasian lynx in Turkey.

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