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Wednesday, May 25 • 09:00 - 10:00
The financial impact of hydatid disease in Australian beef cattle

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Hydatid disease caused by Echinococcus granulosus was introduced into Australia with domestic livestock and dogs during European settlement. Due to complete ignorance of the life cycle the parasite spread widely, soon becoming a major public health issue, leading to hospitalisation and deaths of many colonists. Echinococcus granulosus quickly established in wildlife cycling between dingoes and macropodid marsupials, particularly wallabies. More recently, through the development of dry dog food and the development of the highly efficacious cestocidal drug, praziquantel, E. granulosus has become less common in sheep and domestic dogs. Infection in definitive and intermediate wildlife hosts is high, particularly in the higher rainfall areas of eastern Australia. Hydatid disease remains common in cattle, particularly those grazed on pastures in alpine areas where wild dogs (dingoes and/or their hybrids with domestic dogs) co-inhabit. This study examined the financial impact of hydatid disease in a cohort of over 700,000 cattle slaughtered in a NSW abattoir between July 2013 and June 2015


Dr David Jenkins

I am a parasitologist working in the vet school at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga, NSW. I have a particular interest in zoonoses. My main focus is on Echinococcus granulosus. I have worked on this parasite in several parts of the world including Australia, concentrating on... Read More →

Wednesday May 25, 2016 09:00 - 10:00 ACST
City Room 4 Adelaide Convention Centre

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